NetBeans To Support Python/Jython
- By John K. Waters
The Sun Microsystems-sponsored open-source NetBeans IDE will soon be supporting both Python and Sun's Jython dynamic scripting languages, the company has announced.
Sun is certainly putting its money where its Web director's mouth is. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based systems company hired Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo, the chief maintainers of JRuby, as full-time employees last September. JRuby is a 100 percent pure Java implementation of Ruby for the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).
The company also recently hired longtime Python developer and dynamic languages and tools architect Ted Leung, and lead implementer on the Jython project, Frank Wierzbicki. Jython is an implementation of Python on the JVM.
Why no date certain for the support? Leung said Sun is taking "an unconventional (at least for NetBeans) path towards providing that support."
Before Sun hired Leung and Wierzbicki, Allan Davis, a member of the NetBeans community, was already working on support for Python in NetBeans in a project called NBPython. "What we've decided to do is to work together with Allan and the rest of the NBPython community to produce a high quality Python plug-in for NetBeans," Leung commented.
In his blog entry on the news, Sun's developer tools marketing manager, Kuldip Oberoi, disclosed that Sun will be featuring Python/Jython technologies in future Sun Tech Days events in 15 cities around the world.
Developers interested in contributing to the project may sign up for the development mailing list here.
Sun has also launched a new Python Developer Center under the auspices of the Sun Developer Network (SDN). The site provides developers with downloads, community contacts, libraries, documents and frameworks for developing Web applications with Python and Jython. The company already maintains a Ruby Development Center.
John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached