Take the 2-minute tour ×
Programmers Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional programmers interested in conceptual questions about software development. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have been asked what it would cost to port a .NET application to Mac.

I don't have enough knowledge to even give a rough estimate. I have not done anything on a Macintosh above surfing the web, and that was 10 years ago. My guess is that we probably have to write it from scratch in java or objective-c.

We are a Windows/Linux shop, and besides forking out for one or two snazzy new iMacs, what else do we need that costs money?

Does anyone have any advice?

share
comments disabled on deleted / locked posts

migration rejected from stackoverflow.com Jul 23 '13 at 11:27

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers. Votes, comments, and answers are locked due to the question being closed here, but it may be eligible for editing and reopening on the site where it originated.

closed as too broad by gnat, BЈовић, Bart van Ingen Schenau, GlenH7, MichaelT Jul 23 '13 at 11:27

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

1 Answer

Using mono would seem to be the answer here. I recently looked at mono, and found that Winforms support is missing too much to be useful and WPF is not going to be supported (it would be too much work for the mono deverlopers). For user the interface, you would need to re-code the front-end in a mac-specific mono library such as CocoaSharp. Silverlight might be an option, as there is an implementation of that in mono.

For the UI conversion, it would depend on how well-structured your UI code is. If there is a lot of logic tied into the user interface, i.e. it hasn't been separated out, then it will take longer to get working on a new UI library.

It also depends on whether your app uses domain specific libraries that are windows specific, how much work would be involved in recoding to use different libraries that are either cross-platform, or to write code for interfacing to a mac-specific library.

share
add comment

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.