[Mono-osx] How to hide mono and windows form in Mac Dock

Stifu stifu at free.fr
Wed Dec 15 16:32:31 EST 2010

Oh, I thought it was WinForms, from the original mail title.

The main reason Mac hasn't received attention is that most Mono developers
are on Linux. And I guess Windows naturally gets more attention than Mac,
since .NET comes from Windows (so if you want to compare .NET and Mono side
by side, or check how .NET behaves, you need Windows). Consequently, the Mac
community users might have been less active than their Linux and Windows
There may be deeper reasons too, like regarding UI toolkits, and the fact
the community is a bit divided on Mac, due to the existence of various sets
of Mac/Cocoa bindings, and no officially-supported one until not long ago.
MonoMac will hopefully fix that.

Anyway, Mac has clearly gotten much more attention lately: numerous
improvements to MonoDevelop on Mac, MonoTouch, MonoMac, and more to come
like being able to bundle Mono with your app... Miguel and some of his pals
now know much more about OS X / iOS than they did several years ago.
Recently, Miguel even made a blog dedicated to OS X news. As for GTK#, just
earlier this year, the GTK# designer didn't work on Mac, and now it does. So
yeah, the future is bright IMO.

jocull wrote:
> The dock is similar to the task bar on Windows 7, but it shows all
> programs
> that are running, regardless of whether or not they have windows up. So if
> I
> have a running app, but hide all of my Windows, the app is still running
> and
> the icon is still in the Dock. Super annoying.
> I'm using GTK# on Mac, so ShowInTaskbar isn't actually a property I can
> use.
> I tried what is supposed to be its equivalent ( SkipTaskbarHint ) but I
> had
> no luck with that either.
> Since no one anywhere seems to know how to hide the Dock icon while using
> a
> Mono application, I will probably file this as a bug. However, I see other
> bugs that I experience in the list that are nearly two years old and still
> filed as "new". Such as this one...
> https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=477871
> I seems like Mac is pretty far from a high priority platform for Mono. Why
> is that?
> On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 2:26 AM, Stifu <stifu at free.fr> wrote:
>> I'm a Mac noob: the Dock is essentially like a task bar, right? Although
>> it
>> also contains non-launched apps, like the left area of the task bar in
>> Windows 7.
>> So maybe the ShowInTaskbar Form property *should* hide it from the Dock
>> if
>> set to false? I'm not saying it does now, but maybe that is a desirable
>> feature that should be filed on bugzilla.
>> jocull wrote:
>> >
>> > I am having the exact same problem with the current version of mono.
>> This
>> > is nearly two years old, but has it ever been resolved? I am finding
>> zero
>> > information about it, and currently have an (unanswered) Stack Overflow
>> > question open.
>> >
>> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4414629/system-tray-only-no-dock-icon-application-using-c-mono-on-mac
>> >
>> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4414629/system-tray-only-no-dock-icon-application-using-c-mono-on-mac
>> >
>> > If anyone can help, please let me know. This is pretty much a deal
>> breaker
>> > for me as far as using Mono goes!
>> >
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