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Interview with Mono's Miguel de Icaza

Posted by evanx on March 26, 2007 at 4:47 AM PDT

i was just reading an interview with Miguel de Icaza, creator of Mono.

He mentions their "Mono Migration Analyzer" tool for users to see the coverage for their (Windows) .NET apps. They collect automated reports generated by this tool to see what features of Mono are missing for most real world applications in the wild, and this is used to prioritise Mono development. He mentions they expect to support 50% of current applications with some minor incremental updates, and Novell is staffing up the Mono team for a big push.

Mono 2.0 will support ASP.NET 2.0, but Windows.Forms 2.0 will come later. (When is Mono 2.0 scheduled?)

On the opensourcing of Java, he says Mono is targeting the .NET crowd who are typically not using Java, for migration of .NET apps to Linux, so it doesn't impact them. But naturally it will make Java more ubiquitous in the opensource space.

He suggests that for desktop applications, Java still has to address its memory usage limitations. (Don't other high-level runtimes like .NET and Mono also have relatively high memory usage compared to native C/C++ apps? I thought this was the trade-off for easing development.)

He doesn't seem to like WPF. Although it has some great elements to it, it has some "ugly" ones too, he says. For now they are focussing on Windows.Forms, because people have adopted that in droves, whereas WPF is too new, so not used much yet. (How do these GUI toolkits compare to Swing?)

PS. If Netbeans supported Mono, and automatically converted the uppercase method names to lowercase ones, then i'd give it a try ;) That is, if Windows.Forms compares favourably with Swing?

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