Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Dec 2010 19:27 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mono Project For the most time, I've been firmly in the largest camp when it comes to the Mono debate - the 'I don't care'-camp. With patent lawsuits being hotter than Lady Gaga right now, that changed. For good reason, so it seems; while firmly in the 'ZOMG-MICROSOFT-IS-T3H-EVILL!1!!ONE!'-camp, The-Source.com investigated the five most popular Mono applications, and the conclusion is clear: all of them implement a lot of namespaces which are not covered by Microsoft's community promise thing.
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fury
Member since:
2005-09-23

The CLR hasn't been standardized by the ISO, but C# has, twice.

http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_catalogue/catalogue_ics/catalogue_detail...

Edited 2010-12-14 01:37 UTC

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n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

The CLR hasn't been standardized by the ISO, but C# has, twice.
http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_catalogue/catalogue_ics/catalogue_detail...


The CLR is Microsoft's implementation of the CLI, which has also been standardized by ISO (CLI/C# et al., always go through ECMA first, then ISO, then the ECMA docs are updated to match final ISO).
http://www.iso.org/iso/search.htm?qt=Common+Language+Infrastructure...

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

The CLR is not an implementation of the CLI. The CLR is something far larger and more important. The CLI merely specifies what a language and runtime needs to support, such as common types, to interface with each other.

I didn't know they'd submitted the CLI to the ISO, but the point is that no CLI implementation is workable without a working implementation of a CLR and that hasn't been submitted to the ISO as far as I've ever been aware.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

C# is a language. Without an environment in which to run it it's fairly useless, but of course Microsoft knows that which is why they're happy about submitting it.

Edited 2010-12-14 10:09 UTC

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fury Member since:
2005-09-23

Yeah if you look back at the other replies to my comment you will see that apparently the CLI has been submitted and published by ISO. And the abstract for that paper shows that it contains much the same information as the publically available ECMA335, which is enough to implement the complete CLR.

The only thing that is suspect is patents on extra APIs that are not mentioned in the standards. Please do not expand this to say that C# or the CLR as described in ECMA335 is not safe, because it is.

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