[Mono-osx] Mono 2.6 and Windows.Forms on MacOSX

Miguel de Icaza miguel at novell.com
Thu Jan 7 14:26:33 EST 2010


> Please, Mono team, Miguel etc, set up a conference call or something with
> all those excellent developers and see if this can be organised a bit.

This is a good idea, but nobody has really followed up publicly with any
information that might be useful in making a difference.   

As I said in the past on the mailing list, we want to encourage the use
of an MIT X11, Apache 2 or MS-PL library;   The other issue is that the
bindings that exist today suffer in different forms, for example, many
of them are not .NET-ish enough.

What I would like to see is a MonoTouch-like API system for the Mac.
We would build this, but we just do not have enough time to do it.

> IDEALLY we would need one project consisting of DLLs that allow native use
> of Cocoa classes and methods as well as a Windows.Forms compatibility
> wrapper. And the recommended way for .NET applications on Mac OS X would
> then be to use Windows.Forms and the wrapper and direct Cocoa classes only
> for some effects.

Well, that sadly wont work.   

The Windows.Forms API and Winforms applications require more control
that can be provided by doing simple wrappers of the API.


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