Previously, I had mentioned that there were two SoC projects for Mono this year that I was particularly interested in. The second project was the one I mentored: George Giolfan's work to bring native rendering to Winforms.
Currently, our Winforms implementation mimics the "Win32 Classic" look, also known as looking like "ass". It has been important to support this default .Net look, and has provided us with a consistent target, but now George has provided us with something better.
Winforms has the System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles namespace, that provides access to native rendering on Windows. George has implemented a theme that uses this namespace, to achieve much better looking applications. His work initially focused on writing this for Windows, as the VisualStyles namespace is already implemented for Windows. Although this currently doesn't work on Linux/OSX, the massive amounts of refactoring that George had to do will make it much, much easier to implement this on those platforms as well.
George's code shipped with Mono 2.0, however it is turned off by default. To turn it on, run:
As with .Net, your application will need to call Application.EnableVisualStyles, or it will not use the native look. Please test this feature, as I intend to enable it by default for Mono 2.2. Since the 2.0 release, I have fixed bugs with DataGridView headers always painted as focused, and tooltips not drawing their background. If you find any other issues, please file them in our bugzilla so I can fix them before 2.2.
For a taste of what this looks like, here is MoMA with classic rendering:
And here is MoMA with native rendering:
Finally, a big thanks to George for his awesome work this summer to make this possible!
Edit: Blah, I can't even spell George's name. Terribly sorry!