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Linux and Main: Miguel de Icaza on Just About Everything

Mar 19, 2002, 01:00 (11 Talkback[s])

"LaM: Much has been made of your praise of .NET, and it has caused a considerable stir. What's it all about?

"De Icaza: I'm a firm believer that rewriting code is not a good idea. The bottom line is that I think that in the future applications are going to be written using some combination of mono with the existing technology. Just to give you an example, Evolution is a very big application, 150,000 lines of code, an extremely complex piece of code. We want to reduce the time it takes us to maintain that code and we want to reduce our time to market with new features. So instead of building new features with a low-level language -- no garbage collection, no thread support, none of that -- the idea would be to extend Evolution in pieces in mono. This is one of the things I like best about the whole .NET framework -- you don't have to do a complete religious switch from your current platform to the new platform. Instead, you can take your existing platform and you can extent on it. It's kind of like linking the biso interpreter into your current application. That's the way is works with mono. You link Mono with your application and you start to extend it. Or you can run full, standalone applications if you want. But my vision is that I think that in the future people are going to realize that the .NET framework has a lot to offer, and you'll see many applications written with this platform in mind rather than being written against the old platform..."

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