[MonoDevelop] Winforms

Abe Gillespie abe.gillespie at gmail.com
Wed Apr 22 15:43:57 EDT 2009

I use to be of this opinion (search the archives).  But I think
migration to WPF has hit critical mass and therefore spending time
adding design-time support (run-time support notwithstanding) on a
phasing-out technology is wasted effort.

I'd much rather see effort going toward a Moonlight UI designer (and
preferably something that could eventually scale to a full-blown WPF

Any openings for such a job description at Novell, Miguel?  ;)


On Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 3:16 PM, buhochileno at gmail.com
<buhochileno at gmail.com> wrote:
> Michael Hutchinson wrote:
>> On Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 2:23 PM, Dan Winslow <DWinslow at aiminstitute.org> wrote:
>>> I have mono-winforms-2.4-17.fc11.i586 loaded, but I don't see any ability to select a winforms application type in MonoDevelop. Is there further setup I need to do or is that option unavailable as of yet?
>> There isn't any need to a special Winforms "project type". You can
>> just create a C#/VB.NET/Boo project, set the project output type to
>> "executable", and add references to System.Windows.Forms. You'll then
>> be able to write winforms code "by hand",  but with working code
>> completion, building, debugging, etc.
>> It would be convenient to have project templates that set up a
>> skeleton project, but we haven't had much interest in this, and no-one
>> has contributed them.
>> Note that there isn't a visual designer in MonoDevelop for Winforms.
> about this Michael, for example I still use MWF-designer from time to
> time and is not updated for a long time, I know that you tell me some
> time ago that lot of work is needed to complete that work and have a
> proper winform designer on MD, but as far as I know the MWF-designer do
> his job properly at least for simple task (yeap may be one as good as
> the vs.net one or the gtk# one on MD is hard but may be a simple one can
> be posible) and this is a question that pop up over and over on the list.
> If one of the goals is have more programmers and windows programmers to
> linux/mono/MD I think that this is a "must have" feature at least in a
> basic way, to make guys feels more comfortable and then show him all the
> gtk good things.
> So my question is: how much work is really needed to have some basic
> support for this integrated on MD?, may be I can ask to thesis guys here
> on my Univ to take the job...it is posible?
> Mauricio
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