The recent news about Microsoft discontinuing Visual Studio’s support for Mac has got us talking about longevity in the field of software development. We all know technology changes rapidly and you, and the tools you use, can’t afford to stand still. Here’s an infographic that illustrates how Xojo’s been continually updating and modernizing since 1996 while other development tools come and go.
Tag: Visual Studio
Microsoft recently announced that they are discontinuing Visual Studio for Mac, which was only just introduced in 2016. So how “safe” is relying on a big company for your development tool, really? If you are an enterprise company with a large investment in software and IT, you might want to take a look outside the big names and see what Xojo can offer. Xojo makes it quicker and easier to try out software ideas before you commit expensive development resources to your primary tools. And we’ve been dong it since 1998, with a focus on native, cross-platform development.
After seeing this conversation on the forums, I thought it would be helpful to run through why you can move some of your app’s DLLs but you cannot move others.
On Windows, the Visual Studio C Runtime DLLs can be in one of two locations on systems that do not already have them installed. All versions of Windows prior to Windows 10 would need these installed.
Visual Studio can also create web apps and as it would turn out, you may find that Xojo is a better option for web apps.
Technically, Visual Studio for Mac can create ASP.NET Core Web Apps. These type of web apps use the ASP.NET framework, but do not provide a form (layout editor) for your app’s user interface. Instead you’ll have to create everything in code, including mapping UI actions to corresponding code. ASP.NET Core also requires you to use the MVC (model-view-controller) design pattern, which can be a bit daunting for beginners.
Visual Studio for Mac was recently released. In a previous post I compared how much easier it is to make native Mac apps with Xojo than with Visual Studio for Mac. Now I’d like to talk about making cross-platform desktop apps.
At the recent Build conference, Microsoft released the final version of Visual Studio for Mac. As a former Visual Studio developer who left that world for the fun, fast development that is Xojo, I had to check it out to see how it compares to Xojo.
First, if you’ve ever used Visual Studio on Windows before, be aware that Visual Studio for Mac is not the same thing. Essentially Visual Studio for Mac is new branding for Xamarin Studio (Microsoft bought Xamarin in 2016), so Visual Studio for Mac looks and works nothing like Visual Studio for Windows.