This item ought to wrap it up for the first round of Mono Mania:
The Boston Globe offers a summary of .NET, Mono, and shared source,
with quotes from Eric Raymond and Miguel de Icaza:
"It's a better way of building applications,'' says de
Icaza, who adds that Microsoft's new programming tools will give
fresh power and flexibility to Windows software developers. ''It
gives them fresh air.'' Now de Icaza wants to pump some of the same
oxygen into Linux, the popular open-source operating system.
For example, with today's programming tools, it's hard to avoid
''memory leaks.'' That's what happens when a program gets finished
with a chunk of computer memory, but forgets to release it for
reuse. Programs with memory leaks cause computers to run slower and
slower, and sometimes crash.
The new .NET tools include a programming language, called
C-sharp, that features ''automatic garbage collection.''
Programmers working in C-sharp won't have to write special routines
to release memory; the language compiler will take care of it. The
Ximian version of C-sharp will bring this same capability and many
others to programmers who work in Linux, de Icaza said."
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