[Mono-list] FW: Is this a viable platform?

Jonathan Pryor jonpryor at vt.edu
Thu Oct 14 21:22:02 EDT 2010

On Fri, 2010-10-15 at 10:51 +1000, David Younger wrote:
> I have an existing .Net job management application running on a Windows
> Mobile device.
> What are my realistic chances of using Mono to port this application to
> run on iPhone and Android?

Depends on what you mean by "port."  For iPhone support there is
MonoTouch [0], and for Android support there will eventually be
MonoDroid [1], but both of these do not use System.Windows.Forms for
their UI (or anything like System.Windows.Forms).  Instead, they
directly expose the native underlying APIs, e.g. MonoTouch.UIKit [2] for
MonoTouch and Android.Widget [3] for MonoDroid.

If you properly design your app to follow MVC-style patterns, it should
be quite sane to write a common "core" for your application and
platform-specific UIs for iPhone, Android, WP7, etc.

 - Jon

[0] http://monotouch.net/
[1] http://monodroid.net/
[2] http://www.go-mono.com/docs/index.aspx?link=N:MonoTouch.UIKit
[3] http://docs.monodroid.net/index.aspx?link=N:Android.Widget

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