[Mono-list] Alternative IDE for windows

jmalcolm malcolm.justin at gmail.com
Thu Dec 23 12:44:24 EST 2010

tutiplain wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I'd really like to use Mono on Windows as an alternative to C# express
> from
> MS, and while the MonoDevelop IDE runs fine on my home computer, on my
> work
> computer which has 1 GB of RAM doesn't work correctly, and in fact, causes
> the whole system to slow down to a halt. Is there a less resource
> expensive
> IDE that I can use (preferrably with integrated GUI editor)?
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I find MonoDevelop to be much lighter on resources than VisualStudio 2008
but 2010 actually runs well on more constrained hardware.  I was
surprisingly happy with it on a netbook.  You could try that.

There is also SharpDevelop although I am not sure if it is any better than
MonoDevelop with 1GB of RAM.  Something to try though.

I have found the most resource hungry task in MonoDevelop is doing a build. 
Running 'xbuild' from the command line uses far fewer resources however.

I had one low-end machine where I used MonoDevelop happily but I NEVER did a
build using the GUI.  I always had a command-line window open to the source
directory where I could type 'xbuild' to update my build.

NOTE: There is a GUI setting to use xbuild but I found it maybe even more
resource draining than the default.  Run 'xbuild' from the command prompt if
you want to go this route.
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