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Big 5, Big 50 The Mono project celebrates its 5th anniversary this month. The Mono project was launched in July 2001; I started following Mono in the press almost immediately, and soon started checking the homepage. In November I downloaded the source, and in February 2002 I started contributing to System.Drawing and System.Window.Forms. Counting articles, columns and book reviews, this column is my 50th contribution to DNDJ since my first article on Mono, "What the Monkey Can Do," was published back in March of 2003. Summer of Code Projects Announced The list of projects for this year's Summer of Code has been released. Last year Mono sponsored 16 projects; this year they are sponsoring 17 projects, with two students from last year returning again this year. Jb Evain worked on write capability for Cecil last year; this year he is using that knowledge to write a CIL... (more)

Novell Unites SUSE and Mono

There are several big events to report on this month. Novell has bought SUSE, the Linux distributor. DotGNU has released the version 0.1 CD, and Mono has released two roadmaps (one for developers, one for users). Finally, Microsoft has put up grant money to support experiments with Rotor, the Microsoft open source version of .NET. Novell Buys SUSE Just a couple of months after buying Ximian (the sponsor of Mono), Novell bought SUSE, the German Linux distributor and key member of United Linux. SUSE is second only to Red Hat as the largest Linux distributor. You may remember back ... (more)

Converting VB6 to VB.NET, Part I

If you're one of the many who have VB6 code, you have three basic options: stay with VB6, convert to .NET, or rewrite from scratch. In this article, we will look at converting VB6 code to VB.NET and C#. I'll discuss when it makes sense to convert versus staying with VB6 or rewriting from scratch. I will cover what converts well and what does not, different ways to do the conversion, how to get code ready to convert, and handling issues after the conversion. Executive Overview First, let's get an executive-level overview of where VB6 and VB.NET are at in their life cycles. Note t... (more)

Mono 1.0 Details

Team Mono met their goal of a first half 1.0 release. This happened just as we were going to press last month, but I was able to change the headline and first paragraph noting the release. This month, I will discuss it in detail, and finish with a look at some new directions for System.Windows. Forms (SWF). Mono 1.0 Mono made its June 30 goal, so I was able to pack up a CD with the Mono 1.0 source, the install packages for the different OSs, documentation (such as release notes and how-tos), and a copy of Open Office for Windows and Linux. I then burned "Independence from Micros... (more)

Mono Releases 1.0.4 and 1.1.2, Portable .NET Releases 0.6.10

Portable.NET Portable.NET has released version 0.6.10. It has been three months since the release of 0.6.8. Support for several OSs, including Solaris, HP-UX, BeOS, and 64-bit CPUs, has improved, and a new CPU, CRIS (an embedded network CPU), is now supported. Threading, sockets, marshalling, and XML navigation have improved. XSharp has seen a lot of work, and JScript now has better sample programs and improved math functions. Much work was done on adding .NET 2.0 functions, including security/cryptography and new classes for System.Windows.Forms, especially VisualStyles. The cu... (more)