Arjan's World: Quick Tip: use SharpDevelop when Visual Studio is not at hand
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Friday, November 09, 2007

Quick Tip: use SharpDevelop when Visual Studio is not at hand

Today I suddenly had the urge to check some code on a home laptop where Visual Studio was not installed. Knowing the painful process of installing this IDE (I could grab a evaluation version of course), I remembered a colleague recommended SharpDevelop to our group some time ago. So I went ahead and installed the 8MB(!) download in maybe 1(yes, that o-n-e) minute (that is minute, not hour). It definitely has the most wanted features of the VS IDE. Maybe not all, and it was a bit lacking in IntelliSense (but we know the Namespaces ourselves, don't we?).

A nice twist is that it shows the underlying implementation of all the .NET itself. For example, hover over Console and it shows you it is a public sealed class. Nice hey? The *really* nice thing is it fires up a LOT faster than VS itself.

Even if you're using Visual Studio every day, this tool might enrich your programming life...

Download SharpDevelop 2.2


At 10:53 PM, Blogger Liangwu said...

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At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it is very nice! I am using VS 2005 with Resharper installed for main development, and opening couple other solutions with SharpDevelop. I am very happy with it. Actually you can get the V3.0 from the trunk.

- Liang


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