[Mono-dev] VMWare machine, monodevelop, and some thoughts

Sebastian Nowozin nowozin at gmail.com
Sat Aug 26 11:24:18 EDT 2006

Hello all,

On 8/26/06, pablosantosluac <pablosantosluac at terra.es> wrote:

> Debugger. In fact, I would even write code with an editor, compile from the
> command line... whatever, if I only had a strong GUI-Debugger. For me,
> the bare minimum is (ok, scm, editor and so on) having a good debugger.
> It doesn't make sense having the most (or one of the mosts) powerful
> development platform for unix-based OS if you have to debug with
> Console.WriteLine (or log4net, whatever) like twenty years ago...

I can nothing but second that.  I have been following the Mono project
since a few years and I am happy it has progressed so much.

That said, I cannot understand why so much effort is devoted to
"showcase" projects such as MonoDevelop (3 SoC projects) and BitTorrent
libraries/clients (3 SoC projects), when the very thing real programmers need -
the debugger - is in a constant state of flux and "use latest SVN"
state.  Programmers need a working debugger shipped with the mainline,
even a CLI is fine; heck most of us have been using gdb for years
without a problem.

I know that Martin put a lot of work in the debugger and that it worked
once in a while, but seen from the perspective of a developer that only
uses the official Mono releases, it has never worked.

Sorry for the harsh words, truth is I really like Mono and the great
guys behind the project.


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