Saturday, March 14, 2009

Open Source .Net Development Environment

SharpDevelop @ic#code

The above is the home page for an Open Source development environment for .Net languages (C#, VB.Net). There are Express versions of Visual Studio (separate environments for C#, VB.Net, web development, etc.) for free from Microsoft. The functionality is limited but still good enough for small to average development projects. And, the Express versions, coming from Microsoft, should always support the new .Net versions.
It is worth looking into differences between SharpDevelop and Visual Studio Express, though. The final version 3.0 of SharpDevelop, supporting .Net Framework 3.5, was published on 2009-02-10. It obviously lags the official releases from Microsoft but should be a decent and free alternative to expensive development environments.

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