[Mono-list] Linux Equivalent to Visual Studio?

Jerry Houston jerry at EffJayAre.net
Wed Oct 29 07:22:01 EDT 2008

Andreia Gaita wrote:
> 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.

Thanks to all for your comments.  Maybe all I need is to know how to
start the designer.  In VS, it's just a matter of opting to "view code"
or launch the designer for the same winform .cs file. 

I'm a little confused about the apparent terminology difference between
Windows and mono.  I realize that graphics are implemented by GDI on one
and GTK on the other, but when I design a winform on the .NET side, it
ends up implemented using GTK in mono.  At least, that's been my
experience when I've moved utilities I've written for .NET to mono.

You say, "For winforms, nope."  Does that mean that .NET winforms are
called something else in mono?

Whatever it is that .NET winforms become when they're ported to mono -
THAT'S what I need a designer to create.  Or I need to keep creating
everything on the .NET side, and that's what I'm trying to get away from.

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