[Mono-list] Comparison: Windows/WPF vs Mono/Glade/Gtk

Daniel Hughes trampster at gmail.com
Thu Feb 27 20:38:19 UTC 2014

WideMargin uses an embedded webbrowser with GTK# webkitsharp on linux.
Works great. However we also used WPF on windows via a MVC pattern.

We started with GTK on windows but found it to be ugly there and just
didn't feel right. Xamarin Studio uses GTK on windows but they have
heavily skinned it to look like a Mac app. So with Xamarin Studio you
have a linux UI (which doesn't support linux) running on a windows
operating system which looks like a Mac app. Which I find kind of

Daniel Hughes

On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 4:06 AM, Petr Bena <benapetr at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am working with Gtk# a lot, in a nutshell:
> WPF works only on windows, so if you want your app cross-platform, don't use it.
> WinForms are cute on windows, ugly on linux and mac, and some features
> don't even works there or are glitched
> GTK is cute on linux, somewhat OK on windows, despite it may look
> alien to some users (not all controls look identical as in winforms
> applications), on Mac it's probably similar to windows (I don't have
> mac I can't test it).
> Biggest caveat I found in Gtk# is that it has no embedded webbrowser,
> so if your application needs to render web pages or html, it will be
> extremely complicated to get it working. Also, there is no decent GUI
> WYSIWYG editor. There are many of them, including mono itself, but
> they all are incomparable worse than WYSIWYG for WinForms that is in
> VisualStudio.
> On Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 3:27 PM, Baltasar García Perez-Schofield
> <baltasarq at gmail.com> wrote:
>>         Hi, there,
>>> Has anyone worked with Glade/Gtk on a Mono across platforms? Can you
>>> provide a comparison how it stacks up in comparison/contrast with
>>> "native" if you will .NET WPF? Assuming C# in all cases.
>>         Gtk# with Glade or MonoDevelop: This solution is great if you don't really care very much about how things are displayed. For example, you want to have a table on the window, and you don't want to care about fonts, background colors, etc. Nearly everything in Gtk# is fixed, you can't touch it. This is probably great to give the impression of stability and consistency between platforms and applications. It is not very good if you want to somehow innovate or just do things differently.
>>         WPF is not supported in mono, and I have to confess that I haven't worked with it at all. Just WinForms is provided, and it seems that it has been abandoned: I mean, you can still create applications using WinForms, but it is not adviced to do so. It seems that nobody is taking care of the winforms code. So, embedding avalon does not seem to be possible at all.
>> --
>> Baltasar (baltasarq at gmail.com  http://baltasarq.info/)
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