Feeds

Open-source .NET seeks touchy iPhone developers

Gamer no more

SANS - Survey on application security programs

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
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
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
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'
Plus: Condoleezza Rice at Dropbox 'maybe she can find ... weapons of mass destruction'
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?
New Facebook phone app allows you to stalk your mates
Nearby Friends feature goes live in a few weeks
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
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.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.