[MonoDevelop] Getting monodevelop 2.2 beta 1 for windows to work with boo

Michael Hutchinson m.j.hutchinson at gmail.com
Thu Sep 10 17:17:01 EDT 2009

On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 4:46 PM, Alex Henderson <bittercoder at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I'm trying to get boo support working for mono develop 2.2. beta 1 (on
> windows) - I grabbed the installer, but noticed boo support isn't included
> out of the box after installation.
> I then tried grabbing the add-in via tools->addin manager->Install
> Add-ins... but that doesn't appear to list any add-ins.. on closer
> inspection, I don't think the windows add-in repository contains any add-ins
> at all (http://go-mono.com/md/win-2.1.0/).
> Is my only option to compile it from source?
> If so - what tools do I need installed on windows to do so.... I grabbed the
> boo add-in source code tarball, but noticed make files etc....  so I'm
> guessing... not visual studio? ;o)

You can build it in MD just using the .sln... but because it's written
in boo, you need the boo addin installed. It's a chicken-and-egg

Problems like this should go away when we implement MSBuild tasks for
everything that MD can build, and switch to MSBuild as our build

The boo addin isn't available for Windows ATM because it currently
needs GtkSourceView (for the REPL pad), which isn't easily available
on Windows. Long-term we hope to implement a general-purpose REPL pad
on top of MD's managed text editor widget that could then be used for
multiple languages. I have no idea when this will happent. The boo
binding isn' t actively developed by the MD core team - we've been
hoping for the paste couple of years that someone will step up to take
it over.

Michael Hutchinson

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