[Mono-list] MonoDevelop 2.2 on OS/X problems

Michael Hutchinson m.j.hutchinson at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 00:33:24 EST 2010

On Sun, Jan 3, 2010 at 5:47 PM, Mike Christensen <mike at kitchenpc.com> wrote:
> I just got around to installing MonoDevelop 2.2 and Mono 2.6 (Both
> using the Disk Images) and am having several problems with web
> applications.
> 1) Running with soft debugger usually does not work.  One of three
> things happens (at random): The web browser is never launched but the
> application appears to be running (If I open a browser and navigate to
> localhost, I just get a DNS error so looks like xsp isn't running),
> or; the web browser launches and tries to navigate to,
> but after 10 minutes still no response, or; MonoDevelop freezes with
> the wait cursor and I have to Force Quit after several minutes.
> 2) I did get the app working once by changing the port to 8081,
> however when I tried running it again it also ran but would no longer
> trigger any breakpoints.  When I recompiled and tried it again, it
> said it could not attach to the port (port in use).  I tried changing
> to 8082, but this also locked up MonoDevelop next time I ran.
> 3) When I did get it to trigger a breakpoint, I noticed a lot of
> limitations with the soft debugger.  First, I cannot drag variables to
> the watch window (there's also a bug if you drag a variable name off
> the IDE the move the mouse back, the mouse stays stuck in selection
> mode).  Second, all information seems to be immutable.  If I change
> button1.Text from "Click me" to "Foo", it immediately just changes
> back to "Click me".  Third, I love the fact that there's an Immediate
> Window, but as of yet I've found no use for it.  I cannot declare new
> variables (int x = 5), I cannot seem to change any existing variables
> (button1.Text = "New Value";) and there's no auto-complete
> (Intellisense) within variables.  Having an immediate window in VS for
> both managed code and script is the single best feature of the VS
> debugger, IMO.
> On the plus side, MonoDevelop has definitely come a long way in terms
> of Mac usability and raw speed.  It's quick, loads fast, no weird
> re-size bugs (except for the fact I cannot seem to resize the entire
> app, only toggle between maximized and normal)..  I would also /love/
> to see a keyboard layout that would emulate Windows, where pressing
> the "End" key actually moved to the end of the line (silliest thing
> ever on Mac apps)..  The one time I did get the debugger working, it
> seemed fast.
> Keep up the good work, it's getting there slowly but surely..  I would
> /love/ to have an open source alternative to Visual Studio 2008 but
> looks like we're still a ways off..

Could you please file bugs for these issues if you can still reproduce
them with MD 2.2.1 and Mono 2.6.1?

Michael Hutchinson

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