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How to evaluate scheme code from C#

This is just a small example on how to do a basic integration of a small IronScheme evaluator in a C# project.

* Make a WPF App project in Visual Studio


* Edit the xaml to something simple:

<Window x:Class="WpfSample.Window1"
    Title="Simple Scheme Embedding" Height="320" Width="300">
            <Label FontWeight="Bold">Scheme Result:</Label>
            <TextBox x:Name="DisplayArea" Height="100" IsReadOnly="True"></TextBox>
            <Label FontWeight="Bold">Input:</Label>
            <TextBox x:Name="Input" Height="100"></TextBox>
            <Button Click="Evaluate_Click">Evaluate</Button>

* Now we need to handle the Evaluate_Click in the code-behind file, but let us get some scheme integration first.

* Go to the project references and browse to the ironscheme install directory and just add all the .dll files. Remember to include the ironscheme boot.dll and the Microsoft Scripting dll too.

* Let's also isolate the scheme-communication in a schemehandler. Remember that this example is meant to be really simple:

namespace WpfAndScheme
    using IronScheme; // the extension methods are exported from this namespace
    public class SchemeHandler
        public object Evaluate(string input)
            return input.Eval(); // calls IronScheme.RuntimeExtensions.Eval(string)

* The above code could also be directly embedded in the sample below.

* Now make the code-behind something like:

namespace WpfAndScheme
    using System.Windows;

    public partial class Window1 : Window
        private SchemeHandler schemeHandler;
        public Window1()
            schemeHandler = new SchemeHandler();

        private void Evaluate_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            DisplayArea.Text = schemeHandler.Evaluate(Input.Text).ToString();

* Now you should be able to build and run the app. Enter an expression in the input window, e.g (+ 1 2 3) and with some luck you should get 6 displayed in the output window.


Last edited Mar 6, 2013 at 3:43 PM by leppie, version 13