[MonoDevelop] Review of MonoDevelop

Jeff Stedfast jeff at xamarin.com
Tue Jul 23 14:42:53 UTC 2013

Thanks for the compliments! Much appreciated, I can assure you!


On Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 8:25 PM, Robert Plummer <
robertleeplummerjr at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey Guys,
> I've been a .net developer for 5 years, took a break for nearly 3 (Into
> php, and javascript heavily), and now I'm back.  I loaded up MonoDevelop
> back when it was just started, and at that time I was quite disappointed.
> In fact, I feel like the company who's project that Mono mirrors is
> terrible, and the default development environment was both ugly, slow, and
> the operating system...  Well, this isn't a rant about that.  Anyway, I've
> been more involved in the open source community for the last 3 years,
> working on projects like Jison's port to php, working on TIki (wiki cms
> groupware), and a host of other projects.  May I just say, I love c#, what
> a beautiful language. Before venturing into the open source world, I did a
> Google search for "Visual Studio for Linux" (at the time I was
> experimenting with Ubuntu 8), and I found this post<http://www.theserverside.com/discussions/thread.tss?thread_id=33023>,
> and at first believed it.  I thought to myself, holy sknikeys batman!!!
> Microsoft did something cool!
> Then I saw it was an April fools joke...
> It took weeks to recover....
> Jump forward 3 (or 4) years.  I've been working to port Jison to c#<https://github.com/robertleeplummerjr/jison/tree/master/ports/csharp/Jison>(which is a port of Bison and Flex, which is a port of Yacc and Lex :) )
> and I have copied and pasted the source into MonoDevelop, and... It didn't
> blow up!  I thought, Hey that is cool, 1 language, multi platforms,
> finally, all I need to do is just port the solution files over...  Well
> today I opened up the solution in MonoDevelop because my Windows machine
> wouldn't even install Visual Studio...  Not only did it work, it IS EVEN
> BETTER THAN VISUAL STUDIO!  Simple, pure, and fun to use.  Everything
> compiled fine.  And the 4.0 interface, owe momma, it is all the look and
> feel of a Macintosh, without the pompous platform and rigidity behind it.
> Guys, give yourselves a pat on the back.  It has taken years, but finally,
> my beloved dream has come true.  Visual Studio (MonoDevelop), on Linux.
> Woot Woot!
> --
> Robert Plummer
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