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14 September 2009, 13:04

MonoTouch 1.0 released for iPhone developers

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MonoTouch logo Novell have announced the release of MonoTouch 1.0, based on the open source Mono, as proprietary software. MonoTouch allows developers to write iPhone applications using Mono and C#, allowing .NET developers to reuse their code and skills on the iPhone platform. The software requires a Mac, the iPhone SDK from Apple and, to test and deploy applications, the developer is required to join the Apple iPhone Developer Program.

MonoTouch is being sold for $399 for the "personal edition", $999 for the enterprise edition and $3,999 for the "5 developer enterprise edition" from the MonoTouch store. It is unclear whether Novell will get much take-up for the commercial offering; Apple already include the XCode development environment and tools as part of the freely available iPhone SDK (based around the Objective-C language). MonoTouch is the first proprietary branch of the open source Mono code.

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