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Mono Weekly News, December 16th, 2002Dec 22, 2002, 11:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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Welcome to the second MWN letter. As the year is ending, it's time to look back and see what the Mono people had been doing. We also start a new section, "Meet the team".
Table of contents
1.1 Mono Commercial uses.
Tipic today announced their work on porting their Instant Messaging Server platform to run on Mono. Winfessor also announced the availability of their Jabber SDK to run on Mono.eAlso two weeks ago we mentioned OpenLink Software's announcement of their product, also using Mono.
1.2 Mono's ASP.NET does 1% of the market in one week!
Netcraft has published this survey where you can read the following statement: "around 1% of internet sites using ASP.Net are Linux based, but it is early days both for the Mono project and for .Net itself, and both will be hoping to grow very significantly from current levels." If you want to read more on this, follow this link.
1.3 More changes to MonoBasic.
Marco has been working a lot in the MonoBasic implementation and now the Try/Catch/Finally statements work, statically declared events work, For/Next/Step also work and properties work too!
1.4 Transactions available in System.Data with Xml.
Ville has done some coding on XmlDataDocument. XmlDataDocument is the class which "communicates" with DataSet, so these "transactions" means updating, deleting, and adding DataRows and Datacolumns to DataSet.
1.5 Multiple threads support in the debugger.
The debugger is now getting multi-thread debugging support. Details: a global thread lock mechanism has been added, a new command line interface is there for everybody to use. Getting registers is working again. The ScriptingContext now supports a synchronous (for the command-line interpreter) and an asynchronous (for the gui) interface. BackTraceView is working. The handling of synchronous commands was improved.
1.6 Reflection.Emit can be used in Run mode.
Zoltan Varga has contributed the support for running code generated by Reflection.Emit. This means Reflection.Emit now support 'Run' mode and not only 'Save' mode as before. This allows us to generate code on the fly and hand it over to the JIT. Now we will be able to JIT compiler our regular expression patterns like MS implementation does.
1.7 More work in NUnit 2 integration.
A lot of test suites were added, as the ones for Publisher and PublisherMembershipCondition, for DataSet, Xml-tests, for StrongName, and StrongNamePublicKeyBlob.
1.8 Lots of improvements in ASP.NET.
Gonzalo has revised the C# generator that is much efficient than before, the user controls' automatic events are activated now properly. His work has made possible to load .ascx controls per program, to get datalist fixed and now all the test are working, the @Page, @Application and @Control are now available and he has started the authentification support using Forms. He has also fixed a coupple of validators and got the kernel32.dll not found warning out!
1.9 Mono Annual Report.
No doubt, this has been the year where Mono has proved to be a serious project that is accomplishing the heraldic task of building an opensource implementation of .NET that will be available for everybody. After twelve months of development it's time to look back and see the what we have been doing. Here you can find a little resume with some OpenCalc charts.
1.10 Platano's out and GNOME# for Debian too!
Alp Toker has released Platano, the very first Mono based media player. He has also packaged GNOME# capable packages, the deb urls are these:
1.11 Miguel and Mono in Business2.com.
Business2.com has published a very nice article about Miguel and Mono, you can read it here. If you get the magazine in print you can see a penguin and Miguel wearing a suit!
1.12 Miguel for the Renegade Awards.
Miguel is one of the five people on the list of people on Wired Magazine's "Wired Rave Awards", for the 'Renegade of Year' award. So now you can vote for him here if you live inside the USA. If you don't... well, try to work out something.
2. Meet the team. This week Sebastien Pouliot.The Mono team is integrated by contributors all over the world that are working really hard to get this project going further. In this section we will be meeting this people so we can know more about them and what they are doing.
This week we have been talking to Sebastien Pouliot in the IRC. Sebastien is the developer who has worked out most of the Cryptography classes in Mono. Let's see what he told us (before the kids came back!).
Interview with Sebastien Pouliot
3. CVS Activity.
This has been a bussy week. Here are the results. (*) Actually I am using the number of commits as measure, I will try to get more accurate aproximations in the future. (Starting Dec 10th, till Dec 17th)
Authors: Total 26
4. Mailing List Activity.
Most of the mails were related to errors when installing and/or running the new release of Mono. Finally new packages were released and all those problems disappeared.
There was some discussion about why is Nant being used instead of make, the answer is simple: "Sean thought it was better than make and volunteered to do the work".
The C++ and CLR thread was also quite interesting. Someone was asking if CIL and Mono support the multiple inheritance and related questions. The fact is the CIL doesn't need to be modified, multiple-inheritance is supported by C++ and Eiffel using different mechanisms. The Mono team position is clear, remaining compatibility with Microsoft CIL is more important than extending issues so people are invited to do their reseach using the Mono platform and then submitting the propose to ECMA for standarization, but that is not going to be done from Mono (at least in a long time).
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