[MonoDevelop] Silverlight Development on Mac OS X

Abe Gillespie abe.gillespie at gmail.com
Mon Aug 9 17:33:18 EDT 2010

I'm sure MonoDevelop can build SL projects the were initially created
in VS, but that's about as far as you can get.  MonoDevelop has almost
no tooling specifically for working with Silverlight applications.
There have been some attempts at XAML designers and such but you'd
have to figure out a pretty manual work flow to do everything w/a pure
Mac OS X / Mono environment.

Probably the best way to develop Silverlight apps on Mac OS X is run
Windows in a VM and use their free Web Developer Express product.

BTW, the plugin that MS has developed for viewing and using SL apps on
Mac OS X is fully update-to-date with SL 4.  But the plug-in has
nothing to do with developing said apps.


On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 5:14 PM, Eric Dunstan <e_dunstan at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> I was wondering what version of Silverlight can applications be developed
> for on Mac OS X using MonoDevelop?
> I know that Microsoft provides the Silverlight plugin for Mac OS X, so it is
> as up-to-date as Windows Silverlight.
> If Monodevelop can support parts of Silverlight 2 and 3 and 4, what parts
> does it support? And what parts does it not support?
> Also, what differences do silverlight or moonlight applications developed in
> Monodevelop have compared with those developed with Visual Studio?
> Thanks,
> Eric Dunstan
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