[Mono-list] Learning Mono just like .NET?

Michael Hutchinson m.j.hutchinson at gmail.com
Sun Feb 8 00:24:54 EST 2009

On Sat, Feb 7, 2009 at 11:47 PM, stevemcc <stevelukemccarthy at gmail.com> wrote:
> So I am a college student interested in programming. I've done some
> programming, just a little bit in java, python, VB, and php. I noticed
> theres a lot of demand for .NET developers and I use linux most of the time.
> Is mono close enough .net that learning mono would prepare me for an
> eventually job that might require me to develop using .NET and windows. Or
> are they close, but still different beasts?

 It's entirely possible to write an app on .NET and deploy the
compiled binary *unmodified* on Mono, or vice versa. Close enough for
you? :-)

Although you'd have to be aware of the differences between the
platforms and the platform-specific APIs that are available on them,
all the core knowledge is completely transferable either way. GUI
toolkits and the IDEs are the main differences, but that said, I'm
(experimentally) running MonoDevelop on Windows/.NET using GTK# right

Michael Hutchinson

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