MonoDevelop can now run java using ikvm instead of a java runtime. I need to allow choosing between javac, and gcj for compiling and a couple other preferences still but here is a screenshot You will need to have setup yourself:
- a wrapper script in your path called ikvm that executes 'mono ikvm.exe args', similar to the mcs one
- run 'mono netexp.exe your.dll' for all the dlls you want to use and put them in /usr/lib or edit the locations to them in your project options classpath
- something else that I likely forgot
Hopefully sometime soon ikvm will be included in red carpet so the manual stuff won't be required, and we can have some way of checking if it's installed and what version it is. I have to say I haven't used Java in a long time, and this little monodevelop + ikvm + mono + Gtk# project was the most fun I've ever had with Java. I wouldn't want to use it instead of Gtk# and C#, however.
I have been reading the Coco/R docs and looking at SharpRefactory tinkering with the idea of porting it to work for Java. I'm not too sure I will ever do this, but it looks interesting at least. I will have to learn all of this grammar terminology before I understand what is really going on.