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Frequently asked questions. Have a question? Post it here or to one of our Mailing Lists.

License

The current 0.2 release is licensed under the LGPL for historical reasons (whatever that means (smile)). From the next release on boo will be licensed under a MIT/BSD style license. The current license is always available here.

How complete is boo at the present moment? What's its current status?

Boo is already usable for a large variety of tasks but there still are lots of things in our todo list. Our roadmap although still incomplete should give an idea of where the project stands today and where it's going to.

We're not committing to any hard dates for the releases yet, it all depends on how much help we get from the interested community.

Performance: since it is statically typed, can I expect a performance equal or close to c# or vb.net?

Yes.

How different is it from Python?

See Gotchas for Python Users for a summary.

h3 Is it feasable to use boo for building desktop or asp.net applications?

Yes. Boo can already be used to implement WinForms/GTK# applications. Take a look at the extras/boox folder for an example.

On the asp.net front it's not yet possible to directly embed boo code inside asp.net pages, handlers or webservices. This has not stopped me from using boo and asp.net together. examples/asp.net should give you an idea of how it works right now.

h3 (Sharp|Mono)Develop bindings?

(Mono|Sharp)Develop addins are definitely planned.

Georges has already cooked up something for SharpDevelop but I don't know its status.

As for MonoDevelop, well, we already have a gtksourceview syntax mode (smile)

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