Mono Brings Visual Basic Programs to Linux

 
 
By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-02-20 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Mono Project says its Visual Basic compiler will enable developers who use Microsoft Visual Basic to run their applications on any platform that supports Mono, such as Linux, without code modifications. (Linux-Watch)

The Mono Project on Feb. 20 announced that it has developed a Visual Basic compiler that will enable software developers who use Microsoft Visual Basic to run their applications on any platform that supports Mono, such as Linux, without any code modifications. Though often disparaged by developers, Visual Basic remains one of the worlds most commonly used programming languages. According to Forrester Research, 37 percent of enterprises use Microsoft Visual Basic.Net for development and maintenance of their in-house applications.
Whats more, among .Net developers, 59 percent use Visual Basic.Net as their only programming language.
Novell updates the Mono open-source project. Click here to read more. Thus, as of 2006, at least 20 percent of all in-house business programs were still being written in Basic, according to the market analysis firm. Until now, Visual Basic applications could only run on Windows OSes, without major modifications. With the Mono Visual Basic compiler, however, those applications will be able to run on many more platforms. As a proof point of this new platform-independence, the new compiler is self-hosting. That is, the complier itself is written in Visual Basic. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Mono Brings Visual Basic Programs to Linux Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
 
 
 
 
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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