September 14, 2004
10 reasons Microsoft developers should look at SharpDevelopPosted 3464 days ago on September 14, 2004
SharpDevelop, the open-source development IDE for .NET, has recently announced its first full 1.0 release. Here's 10 reasons why you should take note.
So time to throw away Visual Studio? Not for most of us: Microsoft's product has many more features and SharpDevelop comes up short in a few areas (no full debugger, no ASP.NET designer, weak online help etc etc). If you are targetting Mono and running on Windows, SharpDevelop may well be the best choice; and of course there are a few other things in SharpDevelop that you won't find in Microsoft's tools.
The key point is this: .NET developers now have more choice, with three major toolsets on offer (Microsoft, Borland, SharpDevelop). Of these three, SharpDevelop is the one that at least is cross-platform aware, which to me is a big deal and good for the platform. By the way, I firmly believe that cross-platform .NET is good for Microsoft too, so this isn't a matter of Linux advocacy or anything like that.
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