The Mono project has focused on conformant code since its inception. Now the project is adding dedicated resources to focus on improving performance.
In this interview we talk to open source developer Philipp Crocoll about Keepass2Android. Besides its features as a password store, this project is a good case study for combining Java and C# in a single Android application.
Mono 3.2.7 is out, with a lot of new features such as an improved JIT, new interpreter for LINQ, use of native instructions for 64 bits, and more.
In order to support 64-bit iOS and OSX, Xamarin has to make some breaking changes to the way it implements the mapping between C# and Objective-C libraries. Rather than being mapped to 32-bit types, NSInteger and CGFloat are now mapped to the new platform-specific data types nint and nfloat.
Mono 3.2 was released last month with several GC improvements, dev improvements and more. Several other items such as PlayScript integration and CppSharp are already work-in-progress.
ILNumerics, a high performance numerical calculation library for .NET, now offers a NuGet package with “Any CPU” support. In a separate release called ILView, a 3D visualization tool with REPL support has been announced.
Crypto Obfuscator for .Net v2013 R2 includes support for code masking, constant field removal, Visual Studio 2012. It also includes Linux and Mono support for automatic exception reporting service including several new additions, improvements, changes and bug fixes.
Google has released a new beta of their SDK known as the Google APIs .NET library. This SDK is being offered as a Portable Class Library and covers 45 of Google’s APIs. This allows Google to offer one DLL that works across .NET, WinRT, Windows Phone, and Silverlight.
Microsoft has been releasing Portable Class Library versions of some really important libraries including the BCL Portability Pack, Async, Stream Compression and ZIP Archives, and Microsoft HTTP Client Libraries. And with the newest version of Mono also supporting PCL, one would think this would be a huge win for cross-platform developers. But that’s not the case.
With their focus on Xamarin, the commercial version of Mono, it often seems like Mono is being is being neglected. But the nine year old platform is still seeing active development. Mono 3.0.12 brings with several new features including support for Portable Class Libraries and cookies in WCF.
Xamarin.iOS now supports three development models for designing iOS user interfaces with C#: importing from XCode, drag-and-drop using Xamarin Studio, drawing in PaintCode, or purely imperative using raw C#.
Objective Sharpie is the child of Aaron Bockover. This tool creates C# bindings suitable for use in Mono for Objective C SDKs. Objective Sharpie works by using Clang to parse Objective C header files. Since the process is automated, and has full access to the header, binding errors should be non-existent for most libraries.
In last week’s development snapshot, IKVM added experimental support for static methods in interfaces and default interfaces methods. These Java 8 features are primarily to support the internal workings of Java libraries, they won’t be readily usable from other .NET languages.
Phalanger, the PHP runtime for .NET and Mono, has reached a significant milestone with the eleven popular PHP extensions being replaced with .NET equivalents. Previously these extensions, written in native C or C++, were limiting Phalanger to only running in 32-bit mode.
Xamarin has released a preview of their async-enabled libraries for iOS and Android development. This work is based heavily on Microsoft’s .NET 4.5, which was released late last year as part of Visual Studio 2012. Xamarin is the new name for the development platforms previously known as MonoTouch and Mono for Android.