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Xamarin Studio for Android Programming: A C# Cookbook by Mathieu Nayrolles

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Appendix A. Mono – The Underlying Technology

Mono is a software project that successfully brings the Java motto, "Write once, run everywhere" to the .Net community. Indeed, Mono is an open source implementation of the Microsoft .Net Framework and the Common Language Runtime (CLR).

The Microsoft .Net Framework was first announced in 2000 and released in 2002. This release includes a large collection of libraries and enables a noteworthy language compatibility. Programs using the .Net Framework do not execute themselves directly on the hardware but in a software environment known as the CLR. The CLR is a virtual machine that handles the execution of programs on a large range of hardware while providing security, memory management, and other services. ...

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