Posts Tagged ‘mono’
Today we start Xamarin, our new company focused on Mono-based products.
These are some of the things that we will be doing at Xamarin:
* Build a new commercial .NET offering for iOS
* Build a new commercial .NET offering for Android
* Continue to contribute, maintain and develop the open source Mono and Moonlight components.
* Explore the Moonlight opportunities in the mobile space and the Mac appstore.
Novell does Mono for Android
Novell has unveiled Mono for Android, a toolset that will let developers create .NET and C# applications for Google’s Linux-based mobile operating system using Microsoft Visual Studio.
Announced on Wednesday, Mono for Android widens the scope for mobile developers who use Microsoft’s .NET framework — Novell released a similar product, MonoTouch, for Apple iOS devices in 2009. Mono is the open-source implementation of Microsoft’s toolset, designed to make it possible to run .NET applications across multiple platforms.
“Since the introduction of MonoTouch in 2009, developers have experienced how Mono streamlines mobile application development,” Novell developer platforms chief and Mono project founder Miguel de Icaza said in a statement.
“As a result, many asked us to build a similar tool for Android. We developed Mono for Android to give both individual developers and businesses a way of sharing their code across multiple mobile platforms, increasing efficiency and reuse of their C# and .NET expertise across the board.”
GNU project founder Richard Stallman has warned against the use of Mono, arguing that those building Mono applications are opening themselves up to future patent-related litigation from Microsoft.
Mono for Android includes the core Mono runtime, bindings for native Android APIs, a Visual Studio 2010 plug-in for developing and testing Android applications, and a software development kit (SDK). The enterprise edition costs $999 (£613) per developer per year, including maintenance and updates. A five-developer enterprise licence costs $3,999 per year, and a professional edition costs £399 per developer per year. Those developers with existing MonoTouch licences can get a 50 percent discount on Mono for Android “for a limited time”, Novell said.
Miguel de Icaza, founder of the Mono project, says that support for Windows Presentation Foundation on Mono is possible, but would require funding for 15 to 20 developers over a period of two to three years.