[Mono-osx] Menu Bar for Mac OS X?

Joanna Carter cocoasharp at carterconsulting.org.uk
Mon Apr 5 14:39:21 EDT 2010

Hi Andrew

> Windows developers who are looking to develop for the Mac painfree. I can
> imagine any number of C++ and Pascal developers wanting to write for the Mac
> (and Linux) but I cannot imagine them to want to learn Objective-C and
> rewrite or switch to Qt from the VCL.
> Maybe Delphi X will be like REALbasic for C++. I am optimistic. Embarcadero
> have done an excellent job with Delphi so far!
> I don't think a native IDE is important. I now use VirtualBox to run
> Windows.

Hmmm. I used to think Marc Hoffman was just a Mac fanboy when he would go on about his love for the Xcode/IB IDE. Now, I find myself preferring it more than either Delphi or VS. And its that annoying thing with Apple products that I can't tell you what it is about Xcode that I prefer, apart from that old chestnut "it just works" :-)

> A Mac with Windows in a VM seems to be the standard setup for developers now
> anyway

Yes, it's surprising how many developers I stumble across that have gone that way, even when they don't yet do Mac development.

> In general, and this is what I like about Xcode, it is good if the IDE and
> framework force the developer to pay some attention to OO design.

After five years of designing MVP and OPF frameworks for .NET and having to provide designers to help people write good OO code, I really appreciate having the Xcode IDE do it all for me, so I don't have to do all that groundwork again.

BTW, did you know I have written a tutorial on Mac development, especially aimed at ex-Windows developers?


Joanna Carter
Carter Consulting

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