[MonoDevelop] VB.NET

Michael Hutchinson m.j.hutchinson at gmail.com
Fri Jun 1 07:46:33 EDT 2007

On 5/31/07, Troy Werner <troy.werner at att.net> wrote:
> I am a VB developer, been at it many more years than I like to admit. :-)
> Question is simple.  Is Monodevelop intended for a VB.NET designer?  It does
> seems to properly format and color code VB source, but not even a very
> simple program compiles.  Is this a new or future feature?  If this is

Which version of MonoDevelop are you using, and do you have the new
VB.NET compiler? It *should* work, but has been hampered by the fact
that until recently we didn't have a decent VB.NET compiler on Mono.

> intended to be part of the IDE, how might I as a long time VB designer with
> a lot of Windows experience, finally serious about moving to Linux,
> contribute to this effort?  Are there specific areas that need work that I
> should look at?

The VB.NET language binding is written in C#, so you'd have to use
that if you wanted to work on it. Well, I guess you could rewrite it
in VB.NET if you really wanted to ;) We certainly support the VB.NET
language binding as a path into Mono for people with VB.NET
experience, but everyone working on MD so far has been using C# (or
Boo for that specific language binding).

Deciding which areas need work in probably something that you, as a
user, are best suited to decide. You can submit feature requests or
big reports on http://bugzilla.ximian.com if you feel something is
missing or broken. We welcome any contributions at all, and if you
need help figuring something out, please don't hesitate to ask.

Michael Hutchinson

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