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What can I use for scripting in .NET?

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    reinux

    I'm trying to allow scripting for my application, but I can't find anything that I can use for .NET.

    MSH/Powershell is good, but most people don't know the language yet, and honestly, the syntax is insane. Not to mention, I don't think I can put the DLLs in my installer under the EULA.

    I guess I could use IronPython, but I'd like to provide some alternatives as well.

    Is there no way I could use Javascript. It's the de facto scripting langauge. Why is VSA deprecated?

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    Ang3lFir3

    maybe these can give you some ideas:

    http://www.developerfusion.co.uk/show/4529/

    http://weblogs.asp.net/rosherove/articles/dotnetscripting.aspx

    there are obviously more but hopefully that helps a little

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    BryanF

    IIRC, VSA is being subsumed by something called VSTA ("Visual Studio Tools for Applications"), though I have no idea was the delivery timeline is. Even more confusing, VSTA is likely to be pronounced "vista". Perplexed

    EDIT: Aha! There's a blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/vsta/default.aspx

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    reinux

    Oh wow, MSScript looks good.

    VSTA is pretty costly, isn't it? It's probably not feasible for a semi-hobby project like mine.

    Thanks!

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    amotif

    reinux wrote:
    VSTA is pretty costly, isn't it? It's probably not feasible for a semi-hobby project like mine.


    It looks to be free according to this article in MSDN. Caveat: I haven't actually read the article. Smiley

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    reinux

    Visual Studio Tools for Applications is included in the Visual Studio 2005 SDK, which you can download from the MSDN® Extensibility Web site at msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/extend (though you'll need to register for free as a VSIP affiliate member). The SDK contains the Visual Studio Tools for Applications setup package.

    Ahh, it is. I wonder why I thought it's not Perplexed

    Thanks again.

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    W3bbo

    reinux wrote:
    Is there no way I could use Javascript. It's the de facto scripting langauge.


    Check the Windows Script SDK documentation, it provides instructions on how to support Active Scripting technologies from C++ programs, I suppose you can get it to work with Managed apps...with a lot of COM interop.

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    ZippyV

    Can you distribute VSTA for free if your application is also free?

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