As you likely know, Mono, Monotouch, and Mono for Android are in limbo right now.
Hey! What's all this laying around stuff? Why are you all still laying around here for?
Stork: What the hell are we supposed to do, ya moron? We're all expelled. There's nothing to fight for anymore.
D-Day: [to Bluto] Let it go. War's over, man. Wormer dropped the big one.
Bluto: What? Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
Otter: [to Boon] Germans?
Boon: Forget it, he's rolling.
Bluto: And it ain't over now. 'Cause when the goin' gets tough...
[thinks hard of something to say]
Bluto: The tough get goin'! Who's with me? Let's go!
[Bluto runs out, alone; then returns]
Bluto: What the fuck happened to the Delta I used to know? Where's the spirit? Where's the guts, huh? This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you're gonna let it be the worst. "Ooh, we're afraid to go with you Bluto, we might get in trouble." Well just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I'm not gonna take this. Wormer, he's a dead man! Marmalard, dead! Niedermeyer...
Otter: Dead! Bluto's right. Psychotic... but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!
Bluto: We're just the guys to do it.
D-Day: [stands up] Yeah, I agree. Let's go get 'em.
Boon: Let's do it.
Bluto: [shouting] "Let's do it"!
This scene has been in the back of my mind since last Friday night when I got the call that I didn't want to hear, but I knew that it would come. Anyway, the question now becomes what do you do? I don't have the answers for everyone, but I have my original decision matrix that I'll repeat here with some discussion mixed in.
- Go the "vendor
directed" native route. This means having to (re)learn Objective-C for
the iPhone and Java for Android along with XCode and Eclipse. I have
problems moving between VB and C#, how am I going to keep these two
different platforms straight in my mind? Thankfully, learning Monotouch
and Mono for Android and the fact that its a thin layer over the top of
the native APIs means that its just not that hard to move. This has
the least amount of risk, but the most amount of learning.
the course and wait for Attachmate to improve the products. Ok, this
is an option, but I doubt it is a very good option. Attachmate doesn't seem
to care about their customers in this situation. They have had two
plus weeks to formulate a strategy to communicate with them and there
has been no communication. Can they enhance and support the products? I
don't know, but I don't think that they have the ability to do this. What about "All technology roadmaps remain intact"?
the short course and wait on Xamarin. This would involve working with
Monotouch until Xamarin can produce a product that will allow for C# to
work with the iPhone. What about Mono for Android? I've worked with it
for a while, and it just isn't ready for prime time yet. If the
debugger had been fixed and performance had been resolved, I would feel
different. I just can't recommend Mono for Android as it exists right
now. What about the legal issues? I just don't know.