Feeds

Open-source .NET seeks touchy iPhone developers

Gamer no more

High performance access to file storage

A project building an open-source version of Microsoft's .NET development framework is trying to attract iPhone developers building business applications.

The Mono Project is recruiting "adventurous" iPhone developers interested in trying Mono for the iPhone and its now feature-completed MonoTouch APIs.

MonoTouch consists of a C# API for building Cocoa applications, and is currently in beta.

The outreach comes as Microsoft itself began touting use of Visual Studio and content in its MSDN community to help iPhone developers port their applications to its planned Windows Mobile 6.5. Microsoft's keen to stress the port is easier than you'd might have expected.

MonoTouch also seems to provide a cross over for Apple programmers versed in the iPhone's OS X and Cocoa framework but less familiar with .NET - the basis for Windows development.

Building applications for the iPhone is not a straightforward task, both from a technical and legal perspective. Assuming your app clears an Apple approval process that could teach the Masons a thing or two about secrecy, the iPhone doesn't allow JIT engines at the kernel level and developers are not allowed to use scripting engines or JIT technologies.

MonoTouch claims to have sidestepped the JIT and scripting issues by offering a static compiler that turns .NET executables and libraries into native applications. MonoTouch applications don't ship with a JIT or interpreter and the framework uses only native code.

On the down side, there's limited support for Microsoft's LINQ that lets you build queries to data directly from C#.NET and Visual Basic.NET. Also, you can't generate dynamic code. LINQ, at least, is planned for MonoTouch 2.0 along with a compiler for Microsoft's Silverlight media player, support for more of Apple's APIs and re-use of existing Objective-C apps.

Mono's already seen uptake on the iPhone, with around 40 games available on Apple's App Store. These, though, have been built using Unity3D which is more of a gaming tool and works with OpenGL.

Miguel de Icaza, leader of the Mono Project, told The Reg: "MonoTouch has very little in the way of gaming, and instead is a pretty much direct mapping to Apple's native APIs. Unity does not really expose much of Apple's specific features or GUI APIs." ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts
Bloke behind the cockup says not enough people are helping crucial crypto project
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed
Windows 7 making some gains on XP Death Day
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support
Gov't IT likened to 'a Model T with a lot of things on top of it'
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.