[Mono-dev] Mono is crossplatform ?

Mirco Bauer meebey at meebey.net
Tue Apr 4 03:53:17 EDT 2006


On Mon, 2006-04-03 at 14:18 -0300, Flavio Medeiros wrote:
>    Hi, we are starting a (large) project that needs to be cross
> platform (windows/linux) and we are discussing about the .NET (MS
> framework and Mono) and the Java technology.
> Anyone can point me to any interesting information about projects
> developed under windows using VS.NET (language C#) ? I know that the
> ASP.NET support of Mono is great, but we know none about Winforms
> support. Is there any project that uses WinForms developed using
> VS.NET that runs in Windows and Linux without problems ?
>     Is it possible or only using GTK# ?
>     Mono is realy crossplatform today on desktop apps ?
>     I like the C# solution but ...
> Thanks,

I can't say much about SWF (never used it on windows neither linux, the
API looks horrible though IMHO), but I have experience in developing and
deploying cross-plattform desktop applications.
We use Mono + Gtk# + Glade# + Glade UI designer + MonoDevelop for
developing the applications on Linux workstations, and test them and
deploy them on Windows with MS .NET + Gtk#, which works very good. But
you have to test your applications from time to time, sometimes the API
behaves a bit different on Mono than MS .NET (which is usually a bug and
becomes fixed once you reported it), but that has to be kept in mind,
but thats also the case for free Java runtimes.
I guess you could also do for development: MS .NET + Gtk# + Glade# +
Glade UI designer + VS.NET, or replace VS.NET with SharpDevelop.
The project we use this for is large, it's an allround insurance broker
All applications that are developed now are written in C# instead of C++
as we did before.
The project is not complete cross-plattform yet because there are still
parts written in C++ using Borland's VCL which is even less
cross-platform than SWF. But soon the complete suite will run on Linux

IMHO writing cross-platform applications in C# (or any other CLI
implemented language) is easier than writing them in other languages.


Mirco 'meebey' Bauer


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