[Mono-list] GTK# vs. Windows forms?
Francisco T. Martinez
Sun, 23 Jan 2005 12:54:13 -0600
> I've recently started tinkering with GTK# for the first time, and
> getting used to Glade. What are the pros and cons of developing on,
> say, Visual Studio with Windows Forms vs, maybe, GTK# on MonoDevelop?
> A combination of Glade and GTK# seems mature enough to be a viable
> alternative to Windows Forms on the surface, but what about underneath
> the hood?
> I'm a newbie to C# and I'm no .NET expert, so don't bombard me with
> too many details ;-).
Mono has to major codebase branches now days. The 1.0 branch has pretty
stable Gtk# development in all platforms but Windows Forms is not well
supported there. The next milestone release of Mono will likely support
Windows Forms quite well. Development snapshots of the code -- as it
will likely be the case for the impending Mono 1.1.4 -- will likely
give you a usable set of System.Windows.Forms in *NIX.
You can develop Glade#, and Gtk# applications in C# using Visual Studio
.NET 2003 and even Visual Basic .NET Glade# projects if you install the
Gtk# Win32 Installer for .NET Framework 1.1 SDK. This installer is
Finally, Gtk# applications will look and feel best in Linux. They also
look and behave well in Windows but look best in Windows XP. The work
that the Mono team is doing with the Managed Windows Forms is excellent
and already looks very nice in *NIX. However, as I said above is still
under construction and even after is initial release, it may not
imediately integrate with facilities of the GNOME desktop as well as you
can make Gtk# applications do today.
Personally, I strongly believe that if you are a Windows .NET programmer
that already knows how to use System.Windows.Forms, you stand to gain
most from learning Gtk#. Then, as soon as Windows.System.Forms is
ready, you can make the best decision based on your own elements of