In computing, cross-platform, or multi-platform, is an attribute conferred to computer software or computing methods and concepts that are implemented and inter-operate on multiple computer platforms.

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What are the available tools for creating cross-platform, cross-browser multiplayer online commercial games? [closed]

HTML5+Javascript is not viable as the client-side code will be visible and, thus, stealable. Flash is not viable since it's not supported on ipads and thus not cross-platform. Said that, what are the ...
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How could I implement a cross-platform drag and drop?

I just found a video online that shows files being dragged from a Mac to a PC and vice versa. I'm developing a backup and sync application, and I'd like to see if I could implement this. How is this ...
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Why don't we use browser detection and platform-specific CSS?

Nowadays, the common phenomena is to develop a website for a browser and then corresponding apps for Android phones, iPhone, tablets and so on. Since all the platforms come with a browser, why ...
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Guidance choosing tools for developing cross-platform mobile app

I have no mobile application development experience, I don't even own a rich mobile device (I can send text messages with my cellphone :) I have strong web, .NET, and Java experience but am open to ...
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How is Delphi XE2 going to work across platforms?

So I've been reading a little about Delphi XE2 and I probably will go to the world tour thing in Chicago coming up later this month and ask this question if no one can answer it here. What I wonder ...
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Developing cross-DB applications

So far I've always coded using raw/embedded, dialectic SQL. This seems obviously wrong to me because it ties you to concrete technologies so your software can't be deployed to any machine - especially ...
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Which tools to use for Embedded Linux C++ development with a fast compiler and possibly cross platform

I'm not happy with our build environment for our Linux based (Ubuntu 10.04) equipment. It is embedded software we are developing. What I would like is to have the optimal mix of these wishes: Use ...
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Choice of technology to develop multi-platform application

What I have is business WinForms application written in C#. What I would like to do is to redesign it to meet multi-platform approach. I was thinking about architecture involving application server ...
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What one should look for when choosing a cross-platform C++ GUI library?

As a learning C++ programmer, I am trying to select a GUI framework or library for my own projects. I have some experience with Qt: it's very straightforward, it has a very good documentation, and ...
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How do i speedily traverse a file system while extracting/extrapolating various data and provide user feedback?

I'm working on a system file scanner that reveals info about various files (e.g. size, last used, duplicates, etc). Currently I'm traversing the file system once just to get a good measure of the ...
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Platform Independency Vs Architecture Neutrality [closed]

Is it true that platform independency is more of a myth today? Because programmers look for efficiency and power over portability which have to be compromised to some extent when achieving platform ...
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Cross-library and cross-programming-environment support

Often people talk about cross-platform compatibility, but is it possible to write such "universal code" that would work both in browser, in desktop, on opengl, on webgl, and on html5 canvas-object? ...
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Is Ubuntu workable as a laptop for an IT consultant?

I work as a consultant programmer, typically in large businesses. I use a Windows Laptop, and many of my colleagues use a Mac. My personal preference would be to run Ubuntu if I could have complete ...
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Software updating solution for both Linux/Windows platform

Are you guys aware of any commercial (non-commercial?) online automatic updater that can be integrated with one's software? After quick research I found zillions of them but for Windows only and again ...
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Cross-platform frameworks and high profile applications

I was curious about what cross-platform framework does the developers of high profiles applications such as Photoshop, Guitar Pro, etc; use. They all integrate seamlessly with the OS to the point ...
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Which framework for HTML5 mobile web app?

I used to be an iPhone app developer. Now there are frequent enquires on cross-platform mobile app. So I look for a web based solution and find Sencha Touch. Are there more options? What's your ...
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Technology choice for cross platform development (desktop and phone)?

I'm a Microsoft developer mainly, but there are a couple of small-ish projects I'd like to fiddle with which would benefit from being cross platform. The platforms I want to target are: Windows, ...
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How to explain that writing universally cross-platform C++ code and shipping products for all OSes is not that easy?

Our company ships a range of desktop products for Windows and lots of Linux users complain on forums that we should have been written versions of our products for Linux years ago and the reason why we ...
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What could be a reason for cross-platform server applications developer to make his app work in multiple processes?

We consider a server app development - heavily loaded with messing with big data streams. An app will be running on one powerful server. A server app will be developed in form of crossplatform ...
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Cross platform mobile development VS Native Mobile Development: Present And Future [closed]

I just completed one year in Smart phone development, working on BlackBerry and Android and also developed one application exclusively targeted to nokia feature phones. And just a month ago I come to ...
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How would you design an application with many target platforms and devices?

I'm in a very beginning of the design phase of an application that will have to run in the following platforms/devices: Desktop: Windows, Linux & Mac Mobile: Android, iPhone/iPad & Windows ...
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Is there a trend for cross-platform GUI toolkits? [closed]

What is the trend like for the usage of cross-platform GUI frameworks right now? Are more people starting to use cross-platform frameworks (such as GTK+, Qt and wxWidgets) or are there more who use ...
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What is the best way to handle nuances for different platforms?

I'm working on a normal Java/SWT desktop application I'm planning on distributing to the three primary PC platforms (Windows, OSX, Linux). Obviously, there are slight differences between them, mainly ...
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What is platform independence? Are cross-platform and 'platform independence' same?

What is the platform independence really mean? What are the criterion to call a language platform independent ? Are cross-platform and 'platform independence' same? (This may be a question for self ...
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Advantages and possible drawbacks of using Java for cross-platform development vs. .NET?

If I were to begin writing an application using Java with the intention of porting it to other platforms with little or no modification, would it be wise to consider using the .Net framework instead? ...
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Is Java (still) the cross platform language of choice? [closed]

When I started using Java in the nineties, it was all "Write once, run anywhere!" from day one. That was probably all true then and I was a part of the choir as well. I am not sure what to think ...
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Which approach to follow for developing applications targeting multiple platforms?

For applications targeting multiple platforms, I see mainly two development approaches- Go for some JAVA-like development platform. Have one code solution and let the intermediate runtime handle ...
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How is the JVM and Java's WORA different from other high level languages?

In the Java world, we often talk about the JVM, and when Java was new it had the supposedly killer feature of "Write Once, Run Anywhere." From the way people talk and write, this seems different from ...
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Write once, run anywhere. Is it still relevant? [duplicate]

Since Oracle bought Sun and Apple have decided not to continue developing their JVM, is the "write once and run everywhere" model still relevant or has web services/SOA reduced it to an edge case?
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Using Windows tools to edit Linux project files [closed]

In the spirit of getting new people on the project up to speed and leveraging their familiarity with existing Windows tools, what are possible options for cross-platform editing/development? Of ...
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One language to rule them all? (Them being platforms.) [closed]

I have been discussing a project with a client and they want to use a single language to deploy to as many platforms as possible. (I am not sure that it's such a good idea, because each platform ...