Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st May 2012 21:59 UTC
Mono Project Wow. "One crazy idea that the team had at that dinner was to translate Android's source code to C#. Android would benefit from C# performance features like structures, P/Invoke, real generics and our more mature runtime. [...] We decided it was crazy enough to try. So we started a small skunkworks project with the goal of doing a machine translation of Android from Java to C#. We called this project XobotOS." Most of Android's layouts and controls are now in C#. The small benchmark is stunning, but as much as I admire the work, I'm wondering that this like going from bad to worse - from Oracle's Java to Microsoft's C#.
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Bad to worse?
by henderson101 on Tue 1st May 2012 23:15 UTC
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Depends on definition. On a technical level? No. I think they have enough evidence that their VM creams Dalvik. From a litigation stand point? Well, no, not from Microsoft. The EMCA standard covers the base libraries, and the greater API is obviously based on a translation of the Java based Android API, not anything from Microsoft. What I would be weary of is Oracle. As it is te API they seemingly have issue with, this might also apply to the machine translated Android API in C#. THERE is your danger. That and the fact that Xamarin are out to make money and will charge an arm and a leg for any products derived from this technology, just as they did with iOS.

Edited 2012-05-01 23:16 UTC

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