[Mono-devel-list] Mono on Windows Primer?
Francisco T. Martinez
martinf at mfconsulting.com
Sun Aug 15 07:00:16 EDT 2004
Craig Dayton wrote:
>Now that I've installed Mono 1.0.1 on Windows using the installer package,
>its not apparent from the documentation on how to start using Mono.
>Does anyone have Mono working on Windows? If so, could you give me a kick
>Mono-devel-list mailing list
>Mono-devel-list at lists.ximian.com
For the most part developing applications and solutions for Mono in
Win32 is not that different if any than developing applications using
the Microsoft .NET Framework SDK. In fact, a lot of the samples in the
MS SDK should compile and build without much problems.
There are some differences between both SDKs. There are tools available
in Mono that are none existent in the Microsoft SDK, for example we use
mcs.exe as the C# compiler, we have monop which creates stdout output of
the description of a given assembly. Mono also has its own Global
Assembly Cache and this is not shared with the Microsoft GAC.
There are also technologies that are very closely associated with Mono
and are just now becoming more common place in the Windows world like is
the case for Gtk# a GUI toolkit based on GTK+ technology.
The Microsoft Framework Class Library (FCL) does not include some of the
great offerings that the Mono FCL has such as Mono.GetOptions or the
Thanks to contributors like Daniel Morgan, there has been a Mono
presence in the Win32 world even in earliest releases before going 1.0.
However, Mono has seen a lot of use and development in OS platforms like
Linux were developers are very comfortable with command line compilation
and source code editing with text editors like vim and EMACS were the
majority of Windows business application development has generally been
done in richer integrated development environments geared towards rapid
application development. In non Windows OS platforms there has also
been a proliferation of IDE development such as MonoDevelop (an awesome
community led IDE) and Eclipse enrich with C# plug-ins.
There is a recent push to mature or rather enhance the Mono development
experience for those programmers using Microsoft Windows as their OS.
There are now projects to generate Makefiles from Visual Studio C#
solutions and projects or create mirror solutions and/or projects for
MonoDevelop, Microsoft Help 2.0 versions of Gtk# library documentation,
and preliminary work Visual Studio .NET 2003 Add-ins aimed specifically
at testing and simplifying the deployment of projects build for/with MS
.NET Framework tools. The future may also hold plug-ins and add-ins for
GPL licensed Win32 IDEs like #Develop.
So before I give you a list of links to help you make sense of it all,
keep in mind that for the most part, when you develop for MS .NET you
are developing for Mono :)
A good place to look and learn Mono is in the Mono Handbook section of
the Mono web based documentation:
Very new tutorials and/or HowTo guides are at: (check out the links for
Useful links to Mono resources with Win32 overtones:
Finally, I think that you may find a lot of replies to a "how do I get
started" kind of question in the Mono-list which is the general
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