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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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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How to unit test code which is intended to have different results on different platforms

I noticed some duplicate code in a codebase I am working on that appended a filename to a directory path, so I decided to refactor it into its own method. The application I am working on is not well ...
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Say I wanted to create a cross platform program that does not require a runtime/VM, am I stuck with C/C++? [closed]

Let's say that I'm a theoretical programmer hunting for a cross platform programming language, what are my options. This language must satisfy this list of requirements: It must not require the user ...
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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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Smart fallback for line endings in code files? [closed]

What do you recommend as a default fallback for line endings if the operating system cannot be determined? Example Mac OS up to version 9 uses carriage returns (\r) for line endings. Unix-like ...
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Managing Similar Code On Multiple Platforms (GIT)

My team and I have developed a Chrome extension which we are now porting into Firefox. The two versions share enough of a code base that it would be redundant to manage to separate depos. In fact ...
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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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Alternatives to #if when polymorphism doesn't seem possible

There are couple of places where #if seems to give you abilities that polymorphism doesn't: Conditionally specifying base class When a section contains code that is not recognised by a compiler on ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Examples of operating systems capable of serving http-requests that does not support direct slash for directory separator

My php framework uses DIRECORY_SEPARATOR constant instead of /. Can there be any other options for a directory separator?
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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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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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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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Porting an existing iOS project to cross-mobile technology

I am in a refactoring phase of the development of a project. It consists of about 10k-15k LOCS at the moment. It is entirely written in Objective-C for iOS. The problem is the following: in the hurry ...
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Ensuring reliability of cross-compilation

Provided that my code is fully standards compliant with no undefined behaviour, how can I best assure that it will be possible to cross-compile my software for any architecture? I had some ideas, but ...
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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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Is a DLL developed in .NET is accessible from any language or operating system?

I am creating a DLL that I want to distribute to public to use it the way they want. This DLL contains common utility functions. People can use it on any operating system and with any language or ...
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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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What technical caveats exist using EXT file system on Windows that programmers should be aware of? [on hold]

Every year I search for progress in mounting my Linux EXT (ext2,ext3,ext4) volumes on Windows. This isn't looking for those tools, I already know of things like Ext2Fsd - though if you know if ...
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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 ...
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Is visual c++ cross plat [closed]

Is VC++ cross platform? If, not how can i make it. Should I just use code blocks for cross platform and include any needed dlls in the project? I'm using OpenGL and need to make my game supported for ...