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Can I develope .NET applications from my IMac?

Well ... can I? :)
If this is possible at all can you send me a link to some info on the subject?

gsoap acct
Monday, May 12, 2003

No, you can't compile your program anyway, you need the .NET Framework.

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

There is a cut-down, cross platform version of .NET called Rotor (or SSCLI - shared source CLI) - "This implementation builds and runs on Windows XP, the FreeBSD operating system, and Mac OS X 10.2" it says.

It only has a fraction of the .NET Framework though - no ASP.NET, no ADO.NET, no System.Xml.

Duncan Smart
Tuesday, May 13, 2003

And no Winforms. There is a Tcl/TK gui available, but I've never tried to get it running, so I have no idea what's involved there.

Still, Rotor is a very interesting (if at times very confusing) set of source code if you're interesting in how the CLR really works. It's not quite so useful if you just want to run code.

Chris Tavares
Tuesday, May 13, 2003

No problem,
Just use and run every .NET development environment you like.

Just me (Sir to you)
Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Actually you should be able to get mono up and running on OS X, with little or no problems. (

Mono isn't really a *complete* implementation of .NET, but it is close enough if you just want to play around with the framework. Windows.Forms is not implemented at all on OS X however...

Andrew Murray
Saturday, May 24, 2003

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