[Mono-list] Linux Equivalent to Visual Studio?

Andreia Gaita shana.ufie at gmail.com
Tue Oct 28 22:11:02 EDT 2008

On 10/29/08, Jerry Houston <jerry at effjayare.net> wrote:
>  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?

For winforms, nope. There is a designer, but it's not integrated into
MonoDevelop yet.

>  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.

Well, to make a VS-like IDE takes a lot of work. MonoDevelop currently
supports code completion (Intelissense in vs-speak), code folding,
refactoring, makefile and msbuild support among others, a visual
designer for gtk#, asp.net designer, debugger support and a host of
other features. Of course, if you don't use any of these things and
the only thing you want is a winforms designer, obviously you're going
to be disapointed. OTOH, if the only thing you use on VS is the
winforms designer, then you're missing out on a lot of very useful
features (most of which MD also supports).

andreia gaita
mono hacker

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