Taking a radical departure from past practices, Microsoft successfully lobbied ECMA to turn its C# and .NET software specifications into an ECMA standard, thereby allowing others to create and release compilers, software, and runtimes for the .NET environment.
Since the release of the standard, several projects have undertaken the development of open source .NET capable of running on Wintel and non-Wintel platforms, such as Linux, Unix, and Mac OS X. The best known of these projects are Mono (from Novell, formerly Ximian), and Portable.NET from Southern Storm and the GNU Project. But can all of these implementations of .NET interoperate? Can you take a Windows .NET application and run it on Linux? The answer is yes, if you understand the issues.
Cross-Platform .NET Development is the first book to examine the advantages and issues of building portable, cross-platform .NET code. Using this book, a programmer that’s even a little familiar with .NET can learn how to run the same .NET code on Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, and Windows, using Mono (on Linux), Portable.NET (on Mac OS X) and .NET on Windows. Filled with example code and wisdom – do’s, dont’s, pitfalls, gotchas, and insights from two experienced .NET developers – Cross-Platform .NET Development shows why .NET isn’t just for Windows anymore....Continua