[Mono-list] Android

Thomas Jam Pedersen thomas at 3Djam.com
Wed Nov 4 01:40:36 EST 2009

Thanks for your feedback Daniel. 

OK, so you don't like winform. (But this is where the majority of developers are worldwide)
Would WPF be better for you?

Let me tell you what we want. We are not particular focusing on winform. 
What we want to do, is to make it possible to build an application in Visual Studio. 
Then be able to run that application on 6 different platforms without having to rebuild it for each platform. And it should look and feel almost the same on all 6 platforms. And it shall be able to run both as a preinstalled application and as a small application which you run ondemand from URL link. (essentially embedded in a webpage) 

For Android we would like to make a bridge that enable you to access Dalvik (Android Java) functionality. But we don't want to force developers to do anything in Java or learn a new IDE. 

Given these two constraints (no java, no new IDE) it would be nice if some of you could give us  feedback on what you would like to have on Android. (and other mobile platforms)

Best regards, 


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Emne: Re: [Mono-list] Android
I personally would rather bindings to the android graphics libraries 
(whatever they are called) then a winforms port which will just look and 
feel wrong.

At work I am a windows mobile developer and develop using the compact 
framework and I can tell you that winforms on mobile devices sucks big 
time. Its impossible to create anything that look half way decent. And 
if you want to do anything remotely modern looking you have to drop into 
native libraries using pinvoke.

So no thank you to the win forms but yes please to mono on android. 
Something on par with the iphone support would be great.

Adam Tauno Williams wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-11-03 at 13:04 +0100, Thomas Jam Pedersen wrote:
>> We are currently porting Mono to Android. (and soon also to ChromeOS)
> Exciting.  (a) I love .NET and (b) I just pre-ordered my Motorola Droid.
> I really, really, don't want to develop in Java.
>> We expect to release the first version in the beginning of next year.
>> (2010)
>> We hope to make it so that winform programs developed in VisualStudio
>> will run on all platforms without recompile (in most cases).
> Wow!  A Winforms app on a mobile device?  I don't even want to do that -
> but if you make it work someone should buy you a beer.
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