[Mono-list] Linux Equivalent to Visual Studio?

Jeffrey Stedfast fejj at novell.com
Tue Oct 28 22:02:02 EDT 2008

On Tue, 2008-10-28 at 18:46 -0700, Jerry Houston wrote:
> Please be assured that I'm not poking fun at mono, or Linux.  I use
> Windows because I have to, and I use Linux because I want to.
> I'm a full-time .NET developer at work, and I really want mono to be to
> Linux what .NET is to Windows.  However, I'm finding it really slow
> getting started with mono, because I haven't yet found anything I can
> use to create winform applications visually.  Does such a thing exist
> for mono?
> I can build an application using Visual Studio, and then port it to mono
> without a lot of trouble, but every time I've tried to *start* an
> application using mono, I end up frustrated and quit.  I just downloaded
> the latest version, thinking that I'd be pleasantly surprised this time,
> but monodevelop still seems like little more than a fairly smart code
> editor.
> Surely, there must be a mono equivalent to Visual Studio somewhere, but
> I haven't found it yet.  Something with a visual designer, and
> Intellisense-type help, and so on.  Can someone point me in the right
> direction?

MonoDevelop has all of these things, including a visual designer, the
only catch is that the designer is for Gtk# rather than Windows.Forms.

There was some work a while back to implement a Windows.Forms designer
for MonoDevelop as a Google Summer of Code project, but I don't remember
what ever came of it.


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