[MonoDevelop] Monodevelop and Microsoft VB 2005 created programs

Brian Smart brian.smart at blueyonder.co.uk
Wed Oct 7 04:46:43 EDT 2009

Hello Michael,
I have installed the resgen tool so that part is OK.

I have a suspicion I am either over complicating the problem of converting
programs from a Windows VB 2005 created program for use on a Linux system or
perhaps more likely, trying to do the impossible.

I understand that at the current state of development MonoDevelop may not be
able to handle all functions available using VB 2005 and that the MoMA
program may be able to identity these. Could you confirm that this statement
is true?

To explain my desire more completely:
I can develop programs to run on a Windows machine using VB 2005 to carry
out automated operations that I need. What I want to do is convert the
programs so that I can create an install package that will enable the
program to run on a Linux system without using a program such as 'Wine'. The
programs as written provide access to emails and databases and both are
Windows programs (Outlook and Access).
Am I expecting the impossible?

If I install MonoDevelop on my Linux m/c will this make any difference to my

If I install MonoDevelop on my Linux m/c and set about learning C# for
example can I then, by starting from scratch achieve my objective?

Sorry about all the questions but if you can help it will be great.


Brian Smart

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Hutchinson [mailto:m.j.hutchinson at gmail.com] 
Sent: 05 October 2009 17:28
To: Brian Smart
Cc: monodevelop-list at lists.ximian.com
Subject: Re: [MonoDevelop] Monodevelop and Microsoft VB 2005 created

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 9:57 AM, Brian Smart
<brian.smart at blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:
> Although I can load a program created using VB2005 into the MonoDevelop
>  system, when I try to run the program I get the error “Unable to find
> ‘resgen’ tool. This is followed by the file,project and path information.
> I can’t find out what the resgen tool is!

It's used to compile resx resources. It should be included with mono
tools. What distro or OS are you running on?

> On a general note, am I right to assume that a program created with VB
> can be built to run on a Linux m/c?

You don't need to rebuild it. You can use the same binary. You should
scan it with MoMA to check that it's compatible with Mono:

Michael Hutchinson

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