[Mono-list] Newbie question-com and mono
Miguel de Icaza
06 Jan 2003 12:11:49 -0500
> I see your point, but what are the interop possibilities for:
> - CORBA
> - Java running on a Sun or IBM [or Apple] VM
> - Native legacy [C/C++] code
COM support is special because the runtime has to know about COM, and
has to provide dynamically wrappers to expose C# components as COM
components and to import COM components automatically.
This support is something that we are not planning on doing
Other mechanisms of interoperability like CORBA do not require
the elaborate work on the runtime. In fact, a complete CORBA
implementation can be written in C# .
Our priorities are to complete Mono, and only then we could look
at other projects ourselves.
CORBA will have to get done at some point, as I am interested in
producing and consuming CORBA components from the Gnome world in
* Other Java protocols.
Java can speak CORBA, so that would let you talk to it. I am
not sure about how Java RMI works so I wont comment on that.
* C and C++
We provide P/Invoke which is used extensively to call C-based
C++ remains an area that we have not addressed. Someone did
some work a while ago (it is posted on mono-list) to change the
layout of our objects to match the C++ compiler layout. He did
this to allow transparent C++/.NET object integration, but we
have not folded those changes in (nor studied how complete the
This is something you might want to dig more into if you have a
 This something I would love to see happen, I have posted in the past
a few ideas on how to get this done, but I would post it again if
someone is seriously looking at implementing it.