[Mono-osx] Use of Eclipse as a .NET IDE

Andrew Satori dru at druware.com
Thu Oct 27 21:48:12 EDT 2005

Not to be a killjoy, but...

Quite frankly, Eclipse blows as an IDE on the Mac because it's a Java  
app.  The only decent .NET IDE is VS.NET.  MonoDevelop is excellent,  
in it's native GTK environment, but it's not a Mac app either, and it  
shows.  Further exacerbating the problem is that the Mac Mono  
community is TINY compared to the Linux & Windows world, so we truly  
are 3rd class citizens.  If we want a robust IDE, we better build it  
ourselves and target the Mac leveraging Mac technologies.  Until we  
do that, the IDE situation will continue to Suck.

Eclipse is not the answer, nor is MD, and while I think Xcode could  
be, Apple still hasn't released the SDK for use to integrate into it  


On Oct 26, 2005, at 4:41 PM, Dominik Pich wrote:

>  I also only know of the Improve plugin... unfortunately.
> IMHO eclipse could be a excellent IDE for Mono :D Instead effort  
> goes to another app... I aleady asked about this when I first  
> discovered Mono but have not gotten a satisfying answer...
> On Oct 26, 2005, at 10:16 PM, Timothy Mowlem wrote:
>> Hello,
>> People are discussing a lot about MonoDevelop and its so slow  
>> progress to MacOSX. Perhaps resources would be better spent  
>> creating a project to develop a C#/.NET Eclipse plugin to make  
>> C#/.NET/Mono a first class citizen along side the JDT (Java  
>> Development Toolkit) on Eclipse.
>> Eclipse is already an excellent Java IDE and a very large amount  
>> of industry support is now behind it. There is already one C#  
>> plugin that i am aware of (the Improve plugin) but that does not  
>> appear to be under active development.
>> The existing IDE framework and plugin system gives you a lot  
>> before you have started so surely a C# aware editor and build  
>> system would not be hard to create? Also surely a debugger could  
>> be incorporated into the system as well.
>> The only problem I can see would be the use of the SWT toolkit in  
>> Eclipse when you want to do .NET GUI development. Perhaps someone  
>> has ideas on this topic?
>> Does anyone know if such a C#/.NEt project is underway for Eclipse?
>> Thanks,
>> Tim Mowlem
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