What is the best way to connect/talk between .Net on Windows and UNIX apps?

I want to develop a .Net application that goes out to an application that is on a UNIX server, and send commands and get data back.  Any suggestions on where to start?

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It would all depend on whether you are developing the application to be used on the UNIX server.  Are you using a package already installed on the server, or are you going to develop in unix, or are you buying a product for use on the server.  XML is probably the best format to send data between the two applications.  How you implement that is up to you, possibly running your own application/server under UNIX that you connect to through IO from VB.NET - then the communications be XML.  If you don't define your own standard - you can find them on the web.  You could also look at the mono project (http://www.mono-project.com) to see about implementing C# .NET on *NIX machines.

Your implementation (IMHO) all depends on your control of the server.

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