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This book is a great introductory and tutorial book for XNA programming. It’s clearly written, assumes no significant prior knowledge, and will have even beginners creating basic games by the end of the book. Chapter 1 gives a crash course in .NET and programming in C#. It’s a nice lea...
This is a great book on LINQ from some people who not only know LINQ, but also understand LINQ. Many current LINQ books are based on preview versions of LINQ, but authors Fabrice Marquerie, Steve Eichert, and Jim Wooley thought it worth waiting for the final released version before pub...
Time sneaks up on us. Last month's issue started year six of 'Monkey Business' in .NET Developer's Journal. Many thanks to all the readers who made this milestone possible. Last November marked the beginning of my seventh year with the Mono project. The Mono team has released version ...
This is a well-written book, full of tips and traps, and enough source code snippets to make it worth buying for that reason alone. It's value-packed with information from someone who clearly knows what he's talking about. It's one of the better books I've seen on LINQ and will be a we...
The Mono Web site has, in some cases, been downloading a very old version of Mono. It serves as a fine example of what can go wrong with software, even with the best of intentions, and without anyone really making a mistake. What happened was back in May 2005, the Mono team added acces...
Mono has released version 1.2.6 and it includes a lot of good stuff. One big addition in 1.2.6 for Mac fans includes a native Winforms driver for OS X that lets Winforms-based applications to run without X Server. This is good news because it means better performance, and will allow fu...
In part because of MoMA, the Mono analyzer, there were 1,907 new methods implemented in this release, System.Data is 99% compatible with .NET 2.0, and about 150 bugs were fixed in System.Windows.Forms alone. This was the first version released after Novell hired a full-time QA person f...
Just as I'm finishing this column, Miguel comes on chat (#mono on irc.gnome.) and mentions that the media embargo on project 'Barking Duck' will be lifted at midnight. 'Project Barking Duck' is an inside joke at Mono and not actually a project. But the media embargo was real. At midnig...
SharpDevelop has released version 2.2. Version 2.2 is mostly a bug fix release, but also adds support for newer versions of Boo (0.7.8), NUnit(2.4.1) and Wix (2.0.5325), Cecil (0.5), additional templates have been added, and SharpDevelop Reports 2.2 are included while support for the o...
Microsoft has a new set of technologies called Silverlight that are meant to bring rich multimedia to browsers and portable devices. They have released two versions: a full release of version 1.0 and a beta version of 1.1. Version 1.0 is not very interesting, but the 1.1 beta is totall...
BPEL or Business Process Execution Language is an XML and Web standards-based SOA (service-oriented architecture) standard that allows business people to combine services into automated processes. As described in this review, Active Endpoints' ActiveBPEL product family includes a visua...
Mono version 1.2.4 has just been released. Typically source code for a release is branched off for final clean up and bug fixing, with the release coming a few days to a week later; for this version, there were almost 25 days between branch and release. This may have been due in part t...
Portable.NET has released PNET 0.8, its first packaged release in more than a year. There were many improvements over the course of the year, but the biggest were associated with the upgrade to the new Libjit JIT engine. The source code is at http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/d...
When the first draft of the C# 2.0 spec was released, the Mono team started working on it immediately. The first draft of the C# 3.0 spec has now been out for almost a year, but the Mono team has just started to work on it. There are two reasons for this: one is that the whole team was...
Mono has released version 1.2.3, and there are a lot of improvements and additions. In my opinion, the biggest addition is the new Visual Basic compiler. It's not ready for prime time and is still officially unsupported, but this is the first version of VB to be included as a standard ...
Mono 1.2.2 was released last month, and with the help of the Mono Migration Tool, Moma, which was discussed last month, 496 new methods were added, 212 'bogus' to-dos were removed, and 65 NotImplementedExceptions were removed.
When a project like Mono approaches a major release like version 1.2, the code is forked: copied into a separate branch in version control. In one copy, the 'main' branch, work continues normally, while the code in the other 'release' branch goes through a series of freezes leading up ...
The long-awaited third major release of Mono, version 1.2 is now out. The main delay was getting System.Windows.Forms (SWF) to work cross platform. This has been accomplished for the most part. There are a few of the rarely used methods still being worked on, but the vast majority of W...
The highlight of this release is the new MonoBASIC compiler and runtime. The availability of BASIC on Mono has waxed and waned over the years. During the early days of Mono, BASIC received little or no attention. The biggest reason was that all the effort was going into the C # compile...
Mono 1.1.16, the third beta of version 1.2, has been released. The time span between the release of versions 1.1.15 and 1.1.16 is one of the longest in several years and the number of changes included reflects that, again System.Windows.Forms (SWF) and System.Drawing got the most atten...
This book is one of the newest self-paced training courses from Microsoft Press. It covers the 70-536 exam (.NET Framework 2.0 Application Development) which is required for both of the new Microsoft certifications, the Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) (for Web, Windows,...
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 ...
This is a big book weighing in at over 1,200 pages. Note the 'Pro' in the title. If you want to learn how to design Web sites, this book is not for you; it's meant for the professional Web designer needing to build serious, real-world Web sites that are scalable and secure. This is the...
Google will be bringing the Summer of Code (SOC) back this year. College students from around the world will be paid $4,500 by Google to work on Open Source projects, and Mono and DotGNU will be participating again, as will the WINE project (a Mono bridge is one option for a WINE proje...
This book is divided into three parts. The first part, 'Building an ASP.NET Page,' covers basic Web page development. The second part, 'Adding Data in an ASP.NET Site,' covers data in ASP.NET, including data providers, containers, data binding, grids, and viewing data. The third part, ...
Mono has released version 1.1.13.5 and 1.1.14. Version 1.1.13.5 is actually the first release since 1.1.13, even though there were four internal releases in between. The purpose of this release is to document the changes in those releases; there are no new features in this release, jus...
Mark Mamone is a program lead and solutions architect for British Telecom, and he's been involved in .NET since Beta 1; he's presently spearheading a Mono-driven project for BT. Mamone has co-authored several books, including Beginning Fedora 2, Beginning Red Hat Linux 9, and Professio...
This column begins its fourth year. In the past I haven't done any year-in-review articles mainly because there was always too much news. But now that the Mono project is half-way through its fifth year and nears its third major release, version 1.2, I think it's time to look back at s...
What is required for true cross platform development using .NET? On one hand, not much; on the other hand, a great deal. Because Rotor, Pnet, Mono and (the Microsoft implementation of) .NET, are all based on the ECMA standard, getting a basic C# program running on all four platforms is...
The 1.1.13 version of Mono has also been released. This version will be shipped with Novel/Suse Enterprise products. It also serves as a feature freeze point for the upcoming major 1.2 release, with the exception of System.Windows.Forms (SWF) and libgdiplus, which are still being devel...
The authors of this book, Edd Dumbill and Niel Bornstein, are well known in both the Linux and .NET communities, and are well suited to write a book on the Mono project. Edd Dumbill also coauthored Linux Unwired and XML-RPC, and is an Editor at Large for O'Reilly books. Niel Bornstein ...
The biggest changes in this release come in SWF (System.Windows.Forms). This makes sense, as SWF is moving into debugging mode in anticipation of having full support for SWF in the major 1.2 release expected in early 2006 (possibly by the time you read this). The 'Nice' theme has been ...
This book bills itself as the only ADO.NET you will ever need. This is a bit boisterous, but mostly true. This book covers pretty much all facets of ADO.NET programming, and covers them well. This well-written book can take an ADO.NET novice, and advance him or her to being an ADO.NET ...
Version 1.1.10 is another release packed with new code. The release notes can be found at www.go-mono.com/archive/1.1.10/, and can be downloaded from www.mono-project.com/Downloads. Mod_mono, the ASP.NET module for the Apache Web Server, now has an autoconfiguration tool that eliminate...
.NET 2.0 Generics is my favorite book of 2005. Well, other than Harry Potter anyway. This book is not for new programmers. To understand this book, I would recommend that you have about a year of programming experience, and at least six months with C++, C#, or Java. This book is well w...
The Code Project has sponsored 'The Race to Linux,' a contest to see how fast code could be converted from Windows to Linux. The race was broken into three parts. Each part required participants to convert one of the Microsoft ASP.NET starter kits to Linux using Mono, Grasshopper (see ...
It looks to me like that the 1.1.9 release of Mono is the biggest since Version 1.0. Many components went through major changes. 118 developers received credit for work done since version 1.1.8.
There is a new version of the ECMA specs for C# Version 2.0 and the CLI; the Mono C# compiler and runtime is already compliant with these, and only a few class changes are needed to be compliant with the new libraries. As Miguel notes in his blog (http://tirania.org/blog/all.html), the...
Portable.NET has released version 0.7.2; it is primarily a bug fix release for version 0.7.0, but also contains some new features. New versions of the libffi and libcg libraries are supported, the Debian build build/platform files have been updated, the Basic compiler includes some pre...
Portable.NET has made their first release in six months, and it is as packed with new code as you would expect; the list prints out to about four pages, and is downloadable from http://dotgnu.org/pipermail/developers/2005-June/000056.html. The runtime engine gets a PowerPC unroller, en...