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Episode 5: Developing .NET Software on a Mac

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Did you know you can develop .NET software on a Mac?  It is a new trend that has been gaining momentum over the past six months. Deep Fried Bytes hosts Keith Elder and Chris Woodruff sit down with James Avery and Leon Gersing, long time .NET developers to uncover the secrets of using a non-Microsoft platform to develop .NET software.

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James Avery is the founder and owner of Infozerk Inc. which runs The Lounge advertising network and provides .NET and Ruby consulting. James has been working with .NET since 2001 and has been a web developer since 1996. He has written books for Microsoft Press, Wrox, and O'Reilly Press. James has written articles for MSDN Magazine and Dr. Dobbs, most recently doing a three month stint writing the Toolbox column in MSDN Magazine.  James is a Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider and has spoken at a number of user groups and conferences.

James’ blog can be found here.

leon Leon Gersing is a .net developer with Telligent Systems on the Community Server product team. He has 8 years experience as a Microsoft developer and is a advocate of Agile principals, Test-Driven Development, Open Source and the C# and Ruby languages. Leon lives in Dayton with his wife, 2 daughters, 2 cats and 4 computers. Leon runs the development blog and is addicted to twitter and red pandas.

Leon’s site can be found here.


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#1 Chess on 7.08.2008 at 1:34 PM

Great show! Any more links to more articles and stories concerning .Net development on a Mac? Also curious if games for windows like StarCraft work ok if you bootcamp into XP. Some people enjoy developing mods for games, hence the slant on that.

#2 Chess on 7.08.2008 at 1:35 PM

To followup the games angle, I meant to mention XNA studio. How well can you develop for that using a Mac?

#3 Dan Hounshell on 7.10.2008 at 10:43 PM

Keith & Chris: Dudes, I love the podcast. Listening to you guys while I'm goofing around on the internet is like you guys are sitting right here with me carrying on a conversation. Awesome job guys. Keep it up.

#4 Anthony Towry on 7.13.2008 at 3:59 PM

Great show! Way to hit a topic that could use more exposure.

I started using a Mac for .Net development about 7 months ago and I've loved it (even with SQL Server and VS 08 running it hums). What James & Leon said was spot on. Going into it, I was a bit apprehensive about taking the plunge and this would have definitely helped. Thanks guys.

#5 Kalpesh on 7.27.2008 at 2:45 AM

Hi Guys,

I am downloading this podcast & saw that it is 52 MB file. I haven't heard it yet but makes me think how long is it?

Can the file size be reduced?



#6 Jason Stangroome on 7.30.2008 at 7:06 PM

Great show but from the title I was expecting something different. I was hoping to hear about developing .Net apps in the Mac OS, using the Mono Project and alternative IDEs to Visual Studio and how well the Mac OS supports hosting ASP.NET websites and how it renders the System.Windows.Forms controls in the Mac OS X theme.

However, after listening I definitely want to buy a MacBook and play with all the cool tools mentioned in the show.


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