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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RE: java
by Rugxulo on Wed 2nd May 2012 20:07 UTC in reply to "java"
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Yes, it seems Java is #1 by far, but yeah, I agree, it's still a weird choice (IMO). Though I guess things like ARM's Jazelle / JIT help a lot. So you've got lots of programmers for it by default, which is good for lots of apps. But why not Python? Dunno (though with SL4A you can now use Python, among others), perhaps it's too slow. Unladen Swallow was Google's attempt at fixing that (right?), but they eventually gave up on that. Or maybe they intend Go as a future solution? Or maybe C++11? Who knows, it's a complicated world.

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