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Cross Platform Mobile Development with .NET


 Bio: Greg Shackles is a Senior Software Engineer at OLO Online Ordering, based in New York City. He is an active member of the .NET community as well, and speaks regularly at user groups and regional events. In addition to technology, he is also an avid fan of heavy metal, baseball, and craft beer, sometimes all at once. His blog, which focuses mostly on .NET topics, can be found at


With so many dominant players in the mobile space, each with its own stack, the thought of developing for all of them is daunting but unavoidable. Strange as it may seem, .NET developers are actually in the best position of all to do just that. While .NET is native on Windows Phone 7, products like MonoTouch and Mono for Android allow developers to leverage the .NET framework on iOS and Android as well. This allows the core of an application to be shared across all platforms while still providing a native user experience for each. In this session I'll describe how to take this approach to building mobile applications by going through the code to a real application built for Windows Phone 7, iPhone and Android, and demonstrating how to maximize code reuse between them.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This demonstration convinced me MonoTouch/MonoDroid was the way to go. I've been playing with it since then, and it's great.

    October 12, 2011

  • Richard L.

    Great speaker and insights!

    September 21, 2011

  • Ken E.

    Greg Shackles was a very organized and cogent speaker. Hopefully the slides will be online.

    September 20, 2011

  • Stas

    It was a great overview, gave me enough info to start looking into Mono as a valid option.

    September 20, 2011

  • James C.

    While overall it was a good talk, one thing that I would have have useful, is in the first half (before we went to the code), is an overall of the comparison of the UI paradigms of the three plaforms, ie, "where on WP7 we'd use control X, on iOS you'd want to use control Y, and control Z on Android."

    September 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent topic and very informational; learned a lot. The multiplatform overhead is a painful reality for mobile devs, I'm all for making it any bit easier.

    September 20, 2011

  • Greg S.

    Thanks to everyone who came out last night! Slides and code are all available here:

    September 20, 2011

  • Dave K.

    A great look at MonoTouch and MonoDroid.

    September 20, 2011

  • John T.

    Excellent presentation, well prepared and all code and slides available for review.

    September 20, 2011

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