[Mono-list] System.IO.Package

Martin Thwaites monoforum at my2cents.co.uk
Thu Oct 16 08:01:54 UTC 2014

I've always used Npoi, however I'm not sure if it's mono compatible.
On 16 Oct 2014 03:57, "Edward Ned Harvey (mono)" <
edward.harvey.mono at clevertrove.com> wrote:

> > From: mono-list-bounces at lists.ximian.com [mailto:mono-list-
> > bounces at lists.ximian.com] On Behalf Of Maury Markowitz
> >
> > I'm testing the waters for a Mono/Xamarin port of an existing VB.net code
> > base. The important part of this code uses System.IO.Package to read and
> > write Excel-compatible files. I see that there is some level of support
> for
> > Package in Mono's WindowsBase, but this does not appear to be part of the
> > standard build.
> >
> > Can anyone offer a little color on this package? Is it suitable for
> > production? If so, how would I go about building it on Windows/VS? Most
> of
> > the examples here appear to assume Unix and/or CLI builds.
> >
> > Perhaps someone has a built version as a PCL DLL they might be willing to
> > send me?
> I'm just guessing it's not in great shape.  My personal experience is that
> it's good to use mono core assemblies and try to avoid doing anything in
> lesser traveled areas - unless I'm mistaken, WindowsBase is probably pretty
> far down the list of things that are useful to Xamarin and hence, probably
> doesn't get much maintenance attention.  At a glance, I noticed, the latest
> commit to System.IO.Packaging was 2 months ago, (which is the most recent
> thing in WindowsBase).
> It was unfortunately a trivial small change, and prior to that, nothing in
> there had been touched in a couple of years.  So *either* it's so rock
> solid and stable that it doesn't need maintenance anymore, or it's just not
> getting maintained.  I'm going to have to say, it's clearly the latter.
> So there's your answer.  That particular assembly is unfortunately out of
> maintenance for now.  Have you considered http://GemboxSoftware.com?  I'm
> sure there are other packages out there for editing excel files.  Gembox is
> the one I'm aware of and have used.
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