Oct 07

Mono is an open source implementation of the .NET framework for Linux, Windows, MacOS and other operating systems.  Mono v2.0 was just released and represents a major milestone in the Mono project.


Features and Tools

Mono v2.0 includes the following features:

  • ADO.NET 2.0 API for accessing databases
  • ASP.NET 2.0 API for developing Web-based applications
  • Windows.Forms 2.0 API to create desktop applications
  • System.XML 2.0 API to manipulate XML documents
  • System.Core provides support for the Language Integrated Query (LINQ)
  • System.Drawing 2.0 API for portable graphics rendering

Mono v2.0 includes the following compilers:

  • C# 3.0 compiler with full LINQ support
  • Visual Basic 8 compiler
  • IL assembler and disassembler
  • Library and application builders

Mono v2.0 includes the following tools:

  • Debugger for managed code 
  • Gendarme, an extensible rule-based tool to find problems in .NET assemblies
  • Mono Linker, which enables developers to reduce the size of their assemblies
  • Mono Tuner, a tool to apply arbitrary user-defined transformations to assemblies (such as the ability to produce Silverlight core libraries from the main system libraries)
  • Mono Documentation Tools, which can produce online and offline documentation for any any APIs

Mono is Evil?

Some members of the Linux community have branded the Mono project as “evil, a sellout, a product of a Microsoft-loving lackey from its inception.”  I never understood the open source community’s aversion to free enterprise.  I guess they see commercial software as the competition.  I think the software world is big enough to support both models.

The .NET Framework is a terrific environment on which to build Windows desktop and web software.  The Mono project extends the reach of .NET to other non-Microsoft platforms such as Linux and Mac.  Mono shines the open-source light on the closed-source world of Microsoft technologies.  I believe that any project which provides additional tools and productivity for developers is a good thing.

Download Mono v2.0

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Article published on October 7, 2008




3 Responses to “Mono v2.0 .NET for Linux Released”

  1. sputnik-d Says:

    This is the first time that I’ve even heard of mono – and I’m happy to hear that something like this is available. I’m employed as a programmer in a microsoft world, being forced to used visual studio at work. This will give me something to play with at home on my linux box 🙂

  2. David Says:

    For some reason some “members of the Linux community” irrationally hate all things Microsoft. Don’t even try to talk to them about ASP vs. LAMP.

    I see Mono as a ideal way to leverage .net code, but I think Microsoft should have created a Mono using a subset of .net.

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