Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Jul 2009 08:51 UTC, submitted by PLan
Mono Project We've already seen some heavy discussion on Mono and C# here on OSNews the past few weeks, as it became clear the patent situation regarding the ECMA parts of Mono was anything but faith inspiring. This issue seems to be resolved now: Microsoft has made a legally binding promise not to sue anyone who uses or distributes implementations of said ECMA standards. Following this news, Mono will be split in two; the ECMA standard parts, and the rest.
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sukru
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2006-11-19

I know about that (except for the "created by evil itself" part).

For example IronPython (and DLR) has been done by Jython creator (Jim Hugunin) - who is now working for Microsoft btw. So you can do many stuff for JVM, too. (I think there was lisp for JVM, too).

Nevertheless, MS has added support for special constructs that made the VM flexible enough for many languages (e.g: I can directly use Pytho standard lib sources from CPython in IronPython without any modifications):

* Generics in the VM itself
* Extensive metadata
* Faster reflection based calls (from .Net 2.0)
* Nullable type support for the VM
* Several functional language constructs
* DLR (is actually an open source extension, but utilized by Python, Ruby and JavaScript implementations).

So, basically, MS did look at where Java fell short, and also at their own mistakes (like VB), and did a good job. And it helps me with my project, double kudos to them.

Edited 2009-07-07 11:40 UTC

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