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[2]: I'm disappointed
by Alfman on Tue 1st May 2012 23:18 UTC in reply to "RE: I'm disappointed"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

theuserbl,

As you say, binary portability is an extremely good reason to have a VM, particularly in the mobile device market where there are a large variety of platforms. Compiling to specific individual targets just is not future-proof. Well designed VM's just about completely eliminate problems of locked hardware. Also, new JIT compilers can optimize older programs to use new CPU features.

Another benefit of VMs is applications sandboxing as well as eliminating most memory corruption conditions.

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