[Mono-osx] An open letter to the OS X Mono group.
e.norris at mac.com
Tue Mar 27 06:00:55 EDT 2007
If Apple step up to the plate on mono they will, I think, be pushing
their own core technologies ( read : Cocoa) as well as mono. i think
they may be interested in some version of the dumbarton project, if
anything. Were mono to be the main platform for development on the
Mac, then the OS/AppKit team would not be in a position to innovate
for developers.. If you read Apple's spiel on it's newest operating
system releases the marketing does not focus on just what is
available for consumers, but what new technologies are available for
developers - and this is standard marketing guff sold to everyone not
just sold on specific developer mailing lists ( the latest such
technology to be touted is Core Animations, a Cocoa framework for
cool animations probably used in the iPhone).
It is a stretch to believe that they will create these technologies
and immediately port them to mono ( which in any case could create a
disconnect between the Apple mono api set and the standard api set).
The API defines the OS, to a large extent. As does the UI.
That said, this year's WWDC is about getting windows developers onto
the Mac. I wonder if a senior representative on this list could point
Apple developer connection to the possibilities of using mono,
Cocoa#, or Dumbarton/Objective C on the Mac . I think Apple would be
most amenable to promoting a mono back-end, and a cocoa front-end.
However, they may not be following the possibilities of mono on the
Mac, at all, but this is the year to push it.
-- Eoin Norris
On 27 Mar 2007, at 03:13, Andrew Satori wrote:
> Until a big
> player, (and I think that player almost *has* to be Apple) steps up,
> I don't think we'll ever get enough Mac specific resources to get
> Mono on the Mac to be a full peer to Mono on Linux.
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