[Mono-dev] Mono for Symbian
andreas.faerber at web.de
Thu May 24 12:44:52 EDT 2007
> The work falls fairly squarely into three camps:
> * Creating the PAL (Platform Adaption Layer)
If by this you mean adapting the Mono build system and sources to
compile for the target platform then this is the only priority I see
at the moment.
> * Optimizing the CLR
> * Creating a subset of the class libraries
> The CLR would need definitely need a fair amount of work so that it is
> as optimized as it can be for the slow procs and low memory
> The GC would need evaluating too. I'm not too familiar with the
> Mono GC,
> but the .NET CF is a relatively simple mark & sweep GC (compared to
> generational GC in the .NET Framework). I know that the CF JIT is a
> quite special case too.
Once Mono runs at all, the GC can still be optimized, just as today
with boehm vs. sgen.
I personally don't need a clone of .NET CF or MF, any CLI runtime
that runs on the device would greatly simplify cross-platform
development. To create S60 and UIQ UIs we'll need new class libraries
> As for class libraries, Microsoft did a really good job with the .NET
> Compact Framework. 80% of the functionality of the .NET Framework
> in 8%
> of the footprint. That's fairly reasonable target, although it did
> the door open for my company to step in and implement a good chunk of
> missing functionality.
...and your SDF has done a good job there. Unfortunately Microsoft
counterpoints that effort by dropping support for e.g. Pocket PC 2002
in .NET Compact Framework 2.0, breaking cross-platform compatibility
for any code that uses generics.
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