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How to run a C# and WPF application on the Mac?

Since C# is based on a virtual machine system, much like Java, many have wondered whether their WPF-based C# applications can be easily ported to the Mac.

Unfortunately, this is no easy task. If your application is command line-based, this may be possible. Check out Mono, a CLR emulator for Linux and Mac. However, no one has yet created a wrapper for the WPF library, and so this part is not so easy.

The Solution

With all of that said, there is a way to do it! Instead of using WPF, use Silverlight, the lean and mean cousin of WPF. Silverlight will run in a browser on the Mac.

As luck would have it, Silverlight 3 now supports running a Silverlight app outside of the browser as a desktop application. To enable this, simply do the following:

- Open your AppManifest.xml file and paste in the code below. (This assumes your application happens to be called "MyAppName") -- you will need to replace this with the real name of your application.

- Now simply run your application in a browser. Then right-click on the app in the browser and choose "Install MyAppName onto this Computer..." and follow the onscreen steps.

- That's it!


<Deployment xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/client/2007/deployment" 
  xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml" 
  EntryPointAssembly="MyAppName" 
  EntryPointType="MyAppName.App">  
  <Deployment.Parts> 
  </Deployment.Parts> 
  <Deployment.OutOfBrowserSettings> 
    <OutOfBrowserSettings  
      ShortName="MyAppName">  
      <OutOfBrowserSettings.WindowSettings> 
        <WindowSettings Title="Offline MyAppName" /> 
      </OutOfBrowserSettings.WindowSettings> 
      <OutOfBrowserSettings.Blurb> 
        Allows working offline  
      </OutOfBrowserSettings.Blurb> 
    </OutOfBrowserSettings> 
  </Deployment.OutOfBrowserSettings> 
</Deployment> 
 
by admin on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 21:55

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