It appears that the "Mainsoft for Java EE (Grasshopper)" product has gone
free to develop and deploy which makes it more attractive for IBM I
developers - I.e. not a sold
product anymore.

This usually indicates one of the following:
* They earn more on support.
* It leverages the sales of _another_ Mainsoft product
* It is about to be buried when they can get away with it.

I cannot tell which one based on what I see online.

Anyone who knows?

-----Original Message-----
From: web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Richard Schoen
Sent: 2. august 2012 19:16
To: web400@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [WEB400] Mono on IBM i (Was Getting a pulse for Ruby On Rails
on i

Actually quite good.

I actually use Mono on the i by creating Visual Studio application code in
VB that compiles from VB to Java.

It's great for Web Services or Console Apps that run in Java on the i.

I did sessions on this at COMMON for a handful of years, but the general
response from i developers was: Meh ! :-)

Check out

Mainsoft actually created the Mono VB compiler.

I think they do a lot of Interop work on different platforms and the Visual
Studio product never quite took off because it was highly underexposed.

It does continue to work fine though :-)

Maybe .Net and IBM i should be a track for your semi-annual conferences.

.Net is poorly utilized by most IBM i developers which is too bad as it's an
awesome development platform for desktop and web apps.

To be fair most of our .Net work gets deployed on Windows Servers that talk
to the i, but things such as Sharepoint, ASP.Net, Web Services, Fat Clients
and more are all quite easy to do in .Net and are relevant to IBM i shops

My bias show a little here as you can tell since I've been doing Microsoft
connectivity with the AS/400 - IBM i since 1994 :-)

Richard Schoen
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message: 2
date: Thu, 2 Aug 2012 10:49:26 -0400
from: Jon Paris <>
subject: Re: [WEB400] Mono on IBM i (Was Getting a pulse for Ruby On
Rails on i)

On 2012-08-02, at 7:10 AM, web400-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

A port wouldn't be needed if Mono could run there :-)

IBM did get it done on PASE, just wouldn't release it to open source.

How good is Mono these days Richard? I looked at it some time back but so
much seemed to be missing it didn't seem worth the effort.

Jon Paris

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