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: Comment by snorkel1
by Priest on Wed 2nd May 2012 04:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by snorkel1"
Priest
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2006-05-12

It is a shame Object Pascal/Delphi never became more popular.

It looks like CodeGear and the Delphi trademark are now owned by Embarcadero technologies. They might make a good acquisition for Google and to be honest Google probably should have bought up CodeGear for the ~23 million Embarcadero paid Borland for it in 2008.


Also, to add to this, the primary developer responsible for Delphi eventually went on to work at Microsoft to make J++ and C#. Partly because of this extending Delphi to do what Google needs it to do would legally be cleaner than starting from scratch.

Edited 2012-05-02 05:10 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by snorkel1
by moondevil on Wed 2nd May 2012 06:17 in reply to "RE: Comment by snorkel1"
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2005-07-08

They were quite popular in Europe, but then Borland managed to mess things up, and developers lost thrust in the company.

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