Ximian, Inc. today announced that Miguel de Icaza, Ximian CTO,
will be participating in the OReilly Open Source Convention to
showcase new functionality related to the Mono Project.
The Mono Project is a community initiative launched by Ximian to
develop an open source version of the Microsoft .NET development
platform for Linux and UNIX. Specifically, de Icaza will
demonstrate how Mono developers can use Linux to develop and run
applications based on a number of .NET specifications, including
ASP.NET and ADO.NET. For the first time, an audience will witness
how the Mono Project provides broad flexibility to developers,
enabling solutions that harness the full functionality of .NET on
Linux and UNIX systems across a variety of architectures.
De Icaza's discussions showcase an extraordinary first year for
the Mono Project, which was initiated by Ximian on July 9, 2001.
The project aims to give developers a set of open source tools for
building .NET applications that can run on Windows or any
Mono-supported platform, including Linux and UNIX. Incorporating
key .NET compliant components, including a C# (pronounced C-sharp)
compiler, a Common Language Runtime just-in-time compiler, a
precise garbage collection system based on the Intel Open Runtime
Platform and a full suite of class libraries, the Mono Project
extends the functionality of .NET to the open source developer
"The goal of the project is to help developers take advantage of
the extraordinary power of the .NET architecture within their
native open source environments," said de Icaza. "The
demonstrations at the conference highlight how, by using Mono,
developers will be able to build and execute .NET applications on
Linux and UNIX. The end result is better applications built more
quickly across a host of supported platforms."
During his presentations, de Icaza will highlight the broad
developer benefits of the Mono Project, including dramatic
productivity gains and the ability to develop and deploy
applications across supported Mono platforms. Among other items, he
will demonstrate how the Mono framework can build Linux Web
applications based on Microsoft's ASP.NET framework. ASP.NET is a
set of technologies that allows developers to develop Web-based
methods of accessing and working with legacy and other enterprise
data from sources that are also based on Mono or .NET. Ultimately,
the Mono Project will allow developers to write Web services
applications that can run on Linux and UNIX systems. In addition,
de Icaza will demonstrate how Mono developers can utilize ADO.NET,
Microsoft's framework for accessing back-end databases, to build
more comprehensive Mono solutions.
The OReilly Open Source Convention is being held at the Sheraton
San Diego Hotel and Marina in San Diego, Calif., from July 22-26.
De Icaza will be leading two sessions on the Mono Project, both on
Wednesday, July 24. The first, "Introducing Mono," will be held in
Grand Ballroom C beginning at 4:30 p.m., and the second,
"Developing with Mono," will be held in Harbor Island II at 5:15
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