Why Mono? Why Gtk?
Over the past couple of years I have been developing C# ASP.NET enterprise applications. So I am quite comfortable with the Microsoft stack.
That answers the first question: Mono gives me C# and the .NET stack.
On the other hand I have been using linux as a desktop environment on my home machine for over a decade. I am comfortable with using linux as my primary OS.
That answers the second question: Mono gives me access to Gtk, the graphics library of gnome, which is the default “desktop” in many linux distributions.
I want to synchronize different Git repositories semi-automatically using a Gui.
Default behaviour of the automation can be loaded via a Json file.
Each entry describes a repository set to be synchronized.
The app is located at https://github.com/draptik/RepoSync
I also published a small demo application for gtk# and treeview: https://github.com/draptik/GtkSharpTreeViewDemo
Monodevelop vs Visual Studio
I’ll keep it brief: If you’re used to Visual Studio and ReSharper, Monodevelop does not come close. On the other hand Monodevelop is a full C# IDE which works with linux. And Monodevelop can be used cross-plattform.
The Gtk# API is not your typical .NET library. You will very soon notice that the origins are C/C++. This takes some getting used to if you have a .NET background.
Typically there are no return values. Instead Gtk# methods very often use the “out” keyword in .NET because that comes closer to the C++ implementation using pointers.
Here is an example:
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From the .NET side, I don’t like the Gtk# API. I prefer methods having return values. I guess it is a matter of tast. If it would really bother me, I would write some wrappers around… ;–)