In an attempt to address the platform divergence problem in the .NET/Mono ecosystem, Microsoft is working on an extension called Portable Library Tools. This tool allows the same compiled library to run on .NET 4.0, Silverlight, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone 7 are available. Microsoft is working with Mono to add support for MonoTouch and MonoDroid.
With the purchase of Novell by Attachmate, the future of the Mono project has been put into doubt. And with the typical post-acquisition layoffs and gag orders placed on the employees, rumors are running high. While we still don’t have the full story, we are putting together what we do know.
Novell has announced Mono for Android, a tool for .NET developers interested in creating applications in Visual Studio for Android. MonoTouch 4.0 comes with: Mono core 2.10, Parallel Frameworks for C#, LLVM Compiler Support, C# 4.0 and .NET 4.0 support, and others.
MonoDroid brings the whole Mono VM to Android, enabling .NET developers to write applications for Google’s mobile OS. Developers now can write applications targeting iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7.
Last week Miguel de Icaza published a long post listing all the work the Mono team at Novell has been doing since the move to GitHub in July 2010. Much of the new work has been around language development and MonoDevelop improvements.
EffiProz is an embedded database written entirely in C# that can has both a disk-based and a memory-only mode. This has allowed its developers to port it to most environments that have CLR including .NET Compact, Mono, Windows 7, and Silverlight. The next version will extend this to mobile platforms.
In order to simplify iPhone development using MonoTouch, Miguel de Icaza has developed two new abstraction layers over UITableView. These abstraction layers give developers the option to use a declarative syntax based on attributes or an imperative model based on nested controls.
Within 24 hours of the announcement of the new iPad tablet from Apple, the MonoTouch team has released MonoTouch 1.9 (alpha), which is focused on helping developers to write .NET application for the iPad.
MonoTouch is a port of the Mono runtime along with an adapter layer so .NET developers can use the native iPhone GUI toolkit. MonoTouch is unique in the Mono ecosystem because it is the first commercial Mono product from Novell. As expected, there was some community backlash.