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Mono offers VB cross-platform capability

updated 09:55 am EST, Tue February 20, 2007

Mono, Visual Basic

The Mono project today announced that it has developed a compiler that will enable software developers who use Microsoft Visual Basic to run applications across multiple platforms without any modifications to the code. The new Mono Visual Basic compiler allows developers to continue to code in their preferred Visual Basic/Visual Studio environment, compiling and running that same code base on a variety of operating systems including Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. The Mono project's new compiler resembles REAL Software's REALbasic integrated development environment, which has enabled Mac developers to cross-compile on Microsoft Windows and Linux alongside Mac OS PowerPC and Mac OS X for several years. The Mono Visual Studio compiler is as part of the current Mono build. The software requires Linux or Microsoft Windows 2000 or later.

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  1. Rezzz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not to split hairs..

    ..but i'm just about certain that Mono 1.2 was released 4 months ago. nothing against open source but the product has a reputation of being a slow, memory hog. also, there are never ending rumors that Mono infrignes on Monople$oft patents and, even if it doesn't, that Monople$oft can pull the plug on its Common Run Time initiatives any time it pleases.

    now, i haven't used REALbasic since version 4 but, let me tell you, it worked as advertised. were there bugs? yes. but by and in large it was an extrememly capable tool for crossplatform (Win/Mac/Linux) development. in fact, i would go so far as to say that visual studio stole many ideas from the texas firm.

    Monople$oft's photocopiers are everywhere!

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