Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 17th May 2011 12:05 UTC
Mono Project Two weeks ago we covered the news that the Mono development team were let go kicked out by the new owners of Novel, Attachmate, apparently to move operations to Germany. Miguel de Icazza, founder of Mono, has taken this opportunity to break off on his own and has started a new company, Xamarin, to bring commercial .NET development products to iOS and Android.
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Emphasize on core mono, and Droid/iOS/GTK#
by JeffS on Tue 17th May 2011 16:02 UTC
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The Microsoft community promise is on C# and the .Net run time, not the ASP.Net, WinForms, or ADO.Net APIs.

Thus, I see Miguel and company emphasizing on C#, Mono runtime, and the GTK#, MonoTouch, and MonoDroid APIs.

Also don't forget that Unity uses Mono for scripting, and tons of iOS games use Unity. And, there is the commercial Grasshopper product, which uses Mono to make ASP.Net apps run on Java Enterprise servers.

So now with the formation of Xaramin, there are now 3 separate commercial entities that use and depend on Mono.

That kind of solidifies Mono's standing as an ongoing concern.

And MS patents? The only ambiguity/risk is in the MS specific APIs - ADO.Net, WinForms, ASP.Net, etc.

I am very glad this has transpired. I really really want there to be an ongoing open source version, as well as commercial alternatives, to C# and .Net.

Next to Python, C# is my favorite language, and having a non MS implementation available is great (not that I'm against using MS C#, .Net, or Visual Studio).

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