[Mono-list] Has Mono delivered?

Dave Murphy schwuk at gmail.com
Wed Jan 11 10:13:51 EST 2006

On 11/01/06, Jonathan Pryor <jonpryor at vt.edu> wrote:
> Something implied by "better tools to develop software" is "more
> productive developers."  Mono *does* do this, as is seen with F-Spot, an
> imaging application written entirely by one person, never mind all the
> other useful Gtk# apps that have shown up (Tomboy, Blam!, Beagle...).

Where are the rest though? The same apps are always mentioned, so it's
obvious people *aren't* choosing to use Mono over the alternatives.

> There is an emphasis on autotools because developers are familiar with
> it, and it has minimal dependencies.  If you prefer, you could use NAnt.
> Or you can use MonoDevelop's project files.  There are a number of
> solutions that exist.  However, all alternative solutions complicate
> other things, such as requiring some tool be installed (NAnt,
> MonoDevelop).  This doesn't matter if the tool is already installed for
> you, but if you're installing from scratch it's one more thing you need
> before you can work.  This is the advantage of autotools -- it's
> everywhere.  Alas, it's also non-ideal for Win32.

Why don't we bundle one of the alternatives with Mono then?

> The only advantage of CPAN-like systems is that it's easy to use.

It's also a damn sight more up-to-date.

> See also:
> http://lists.ximian.com/pipermail/mono-devel-list/2005-July/013412.html

Interesting thread - does anyone know if there's been any further progress?

Dave Murphy (Schwuk)

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