[MonoDevelop] Why Monodevelop?

Charlie Poole charlie at nunit.com
Fri Nov 28 13:26:45 EST 2008

Hi Mike,

> Monodevelop is a port of sharpdevelop and sharpdevelop is 
> older than eclipse.
> Therefore the correct question would be: why eclipse, why 
> they invented the wheel twice and did not just build on top 
> of a free software development environment.

I suspect your tongue is slightly in your cheek. :-)

The same question comes up peridocally around test frameworks.
There are those who think we who develop them should all get
together and decide on OneBigFramework that will cover all
the needs of everybody. They cite advantages of uniformity,
standardization and the power of large numbers of people
all working on the same thing.

On the other side, I think having diverse environments encourages 
people who develop them to try new things and gives folks a choice
about what they want to use. I think it also pulls contributors
out of the woodwork who might not otherwise contribute.

You can't have a marketplace of ideas unless you have
a marketplace... and ideas. :-)


PS: Even more than SharpDevelop itself, I always appreciated
the publication of the ideas behind it in a book.

> Regards
> Mike
> > I can't speak for others, but I'm not a fan of eclipse 
> (although I use 
> > it for my Java devs). Big and slow...
> > 
> > Besides, I think the point was to have a real and complete 
> "framework"
> > around Mono, all the tools you need to develop and stuff, so maybe 
> > having your own IDE is the best and most flexible option 
> for such a goal.
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