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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Cross-Platform: Develop in parallel or series?

When starting a new software project that will be used on several platforms, how do you determine the best way to start development? Do you develop for one platform and then port to the next? Do you ...
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What do you suggest for cross platform apps, including web

I have always preferred cross platform development over most other concepts as long as I can remember. Which is one of the reason I never got into .Net. Currently, I use php/javascript/python as my ...
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Can concurrent code (threads, distributed computing, etc.) be directly ported to single-threaded/non-networked platforms?

Take an arbitrary "perfect" multi-threaded program, on an arbitrary multi-threaded platform, using an arbitrary programming language. Assuming that this "perfect" multi-threaded program: is ...
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Where do I start in regards to making a Gnome/Unity Form Application

Ok so I am familiar with developing Form and Console applications on Windows using Visual Studio .Net with C#, but where do I start when it comes to Linux distro's like Ubuntu, is there an equivalent? ...
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Can cross-platform development be speeded by really specific, complete pre-coding design?

I'm green at programming but not entirely noobish. I taught myself some Java about five years ago, and I learnt me some Objective-C recently. I was talking with a Unix guy a while back, and he said ...
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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 to plan/manage multi-platform (mobile) products?

Say I've to develop an app that runs on iOS, Android and Windows 8 Mobile. Now all three platforms are technically in different program languages. The only 'reuse' that I can see is that of the ...
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Patterns to refactor common code in multi-platform software

I have a Django application and a PyQt application that share a lot of code. A big chunk of the PyQt application are copied verbatim from the Django application's views. As this is a game, I have ...
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How are crossplatform/multiple-OS C++ projects planned in terms of code and tools?

I want to create a project in C++ that can work in Windows, Linux and Embedded Linux. How are projects created when they have to work across many OS'es? Is it first created on one OS and then the ...
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How to develop cross platform mobile applications with native UI and Javascript backend?

I want to build a cross platform(Android, iOS, Windows) mobile application. I want the UX of the application to be different on the different platforms so that it will be more platform specific and ...
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Steps required to start programming in C++ to develop native applications

I am dealing around with C# .Net for almost around a year now. I got lots of experience (I owe most of it to guys at stackoverflow). Now I am thinking to start working with C++ as well. Mainly ...
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What design pattern do you use to support graceful fallback on old platforms?

Let's say I need to add a drop shadow behind a box. Some old platforms do not support drop shadows, so I have to fake it by putting an image behind the box. Here's the pseudo code of how I'm currently ...
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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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Python for a desktop app

I currently have a .NET app that I want to convert to being cross platform, as a growing number of my users want a Mac version. Since this forum doesn't seem to like questions that are "what ...
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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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Developing a cross-platform interface for writing to hardware like PicKit OR USB over the web?

I thought long and hard on weather to put this question in programmers or stack overflow. Please let me know if this is not the right place and I will post it to SO. My friend and I am developing a ...
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How should I connect to my php framework to use methods written in the framework, in a framework agnostic environment?

My company runs 2 websites, a public facing website for clients, and an employee intranet. The intranet is used as a backend for employees to edit and maintain various parts of the public website. ...
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Does Rhodes actually create a Native app or a Hybrid app

Rhodes claims to be able to build Native apps but I'm not sure or not if this means a native shell + embedded Web Browser like PhoneGap or does it create a true Native app like (I believe) Titanium ...
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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 the Glade GUI designer a good option for a beginner?

I am a student of Computer Science and I already have basic programming experience in Python 2.x, 3.x, C++, and HTML. I never made a program with a GUI. I have just programmed games, scripts/plugins, ...
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How to organize cross platform js/web application?

My friend and I are working on an application that already works for Windows 8 and is written in Javascript, HTML, and CSS. Our desire is to make it cross platform for areas like windows mobile, ...
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Writing cross-platforms Types, Interfaces and Classes/Methods in C++

I'm looking for the best solution to write cross-platform software, aka code that I write and that I have to interface with different libraries and platforms each time. What I consider the easiest ...
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Does it make sense to choose UTF-32, based on concern that some basic rule will be broken for UTF-8?

I'm working on an cross platform C++ project, which doesn't consider unicode, and need change to support unicode. There is following two choices, and I need to decide which one to choose. Using ...
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Icons for my program

I'm developing a simple text editor, just to practice a little bit. I'm developing it under Linux but since I am using Qt as GUI Framework I can easily compile this on a Windows or Mac with the same ...
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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 should be in a PIMPL?

I am kinda trying to implement a windowing library in C++, the circumstances are forcing me to implement it all myself, that's not the point of this question however. My question is: What should be ...
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In C++ what is the commonly accepted method for making a program platform-agnostic? [closed]

The way I usually do it is I make some namespace Platform in Platform.h and every OS call is encapsulated by a static function in this namespace. So the only place in the entire code base that knows ...
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Is Java still king of cross-platform compatibility? Is the answer still Swing? [closed]

So basically, my company is looking to create an app that can be distributed on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. We are hoping for a cross platform solution. I have experience working with Java Swing ...
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Is it misguided to label mobile web applications as cross platform?

Yes, you can access the mobile web site from a range different mobile devices, but the platform, I suppose, is still the web server and the client browser (the latter ideally being the "same" on any ...
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How to best do cross-browser cross-platform visual CSS regression testing? [closed]

Background: Visual CSS regression testing is where you screenshot (part of) one version of a webpage in a browser and compare it against a screenshot of the previous version of the same webpage in the ...
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local communications between two apps

To make a platform-independent program in C++ I want to separate the GUI (separate for each OS, using native libraries/APIs) and the actual program. Obviously those two need to communicate with each ...
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Dealing with proj files in multi-platform apps

So I've been doing some cross-platform mobile applications using cocos2d-x. Basically it uses common c++ code, that can easily be compiled to the popular mobile platforms with some small wrapper code ...
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Where to put external libraries in a Qt project?

I create many small Qt Creator projects (.pro file based, not CMake) and sometimes need to use external libraries in them. Up until now I used to have a project structure like below: project folder ...
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Audio Sync : Detecting current time of a program

I am trying to do some audio sync things (see Wikipedia on acoustic fingerprints). I know it is possible to place watermarks in an audio signal to analyse it later, but how would I do to get the ...
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Cross-platform CI builds [closed]

Does any Continuous Integration system out there offer building a project on several operating systems at the same time? Like, building the code on Windows, Linux, *BSD and OSX per commit? I ...
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Fastest native C++ multi-platform compiler & IDE & debugger [closed]

If I'll begin developing cross platform applications, The complied file speed is very important for me . I have research before than and find same result about IDE : (I ignored eclipse because very ...
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Creating a window to draw pixels in [closed]

I'm creating a fictional architecture and other fictional components for this computer/emulator. I'm facing an issue, this being the virtual display. I need to be able to create a Window in which my ...