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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Google talked about doing Android in C# but decided against it because at the time they were making the choice Java was a sun product and it likely seemed less evil than Microsoft at the time.

Either way, why not just apply for a license from Microsoft just to know they are covered? I can just about promise that they are considering it and talking with Microsoft about the terms.

The problem with that decision is Visual Studio and C# are already a really good development platform for Windows Phone and having Android on C# would translate to a huge influx of Windows Phone applications and developers.

If Microsoft were smart they would be knocking on Google's door with "we promise not to sue you for using C#" papers because they would instantly become relevant in the mobile space again and many others in the industry might follow the Java to C# transition in the process.

The problem is software patents are incompatible with open source. Google wants to produce and open source operating system. Microsoft and Apple hates open source so they use software patents to drive open source out of the marketplace.

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