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i think there''s one called sharpdev thats apparently quite good. however investing in a copy of vs.net is always worth while, especially with student licenses being SO cheap now.

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The Professional version of Visual Studio .Net 2003 is free! At least Microsoft sent my school boxes of free academic version CDs and they were given to us. The academic version is actually a super-set of Professional - for the 2003 distribution.

If you''re a student at a university, you should check with your local CS department to see if they have any free copies lying around.

Zero dollars for a professional dev environment? Yep, that sounds like a good deal!


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very good these days has most of the features you would need


SharpDevelop is a bag of arse. It is slow, there isn't a debugger, it crashes a lot of the time, when you add a file to your project it seems to go into whichever folder it likes, intellisense is broken and takes 10 seconds of hard-disk crunching to appear when it does work, the import other projects facility is broken, you're lucky if the text-selection works... and the list goes on.

All of those bugs / problems i noticed within 10 minutes of using it. Honestly, get Visual Studio if you can afford it, students can get it for like $100 USD. Frankly it's much better than any of the current free offerings.

[edited by - sark on January 4, 2004 3:08:08 PM]

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very good these days has most of the features you would need


SharpDevelop is a bag of arse. It is slow, there isn''t a debugger, it crashes a lot of the time, when you add a file to your project it seems to go into whichever folder it likes, intellisense is broken and takes 10 seconds of hard-disk crunching to appear when it does work, the import other projects facility is broken, you''re lucky if the text-selection works... and the list goes on.

All of those bugs / problems i noticed within 10 minutes of using it. Honestly, get Visual Studio if you can afford it, students can get it for like $100 USD. Frankly it''s much better than any of the current free offerings.

[edited by - sark on January 4, 2004 3:08:08 PM]


You are really ignorant... Have u used version .98?




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Honestly, get Visual Studio if you can afford it, students can get it for like $100 USD. Frankly it''s much better than any of the current free offerings.




Well for 100 bucks it better be better!





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Notepad or something similar. I''m not being an ass. I personally use VS.NET 2003 and Whidbey and I''ve used SharpDevelop a bit. I''m sure you really do want a nice IDE for a good reason, but I''m just trying to make a point...

It''s a great idea for someone new to .NET or moving from another language to a .NET language to do as much as you can manually. Using the freely available .NET tools from the SDK (or Mono), compilers, debugger, etc. You''ll gain a very firm grasp of everything that''s going on. While I love Intellisense and code completion and various other nifty things, I''m much better off as I started not relying on those things. I manually explored the framework, I knew what Visual Studio was up to when I clicked Build, etc. Once you have the framework SDK, you have everything you *need* to do .NET development.

For rapid development, convenience, and enjoyment Visual Studio and the like are great, but don''t let them be a crutch.

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You could try Borland C# Builder.

Personally I hate the sonuvabitch, but it''s slightly better than SharpDevelop i think.

Still, get VS.NET if at all possible.

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Just whore yourself out for a few days and buy VS.Net pro. seriously, the thing is godlike.

(I''ve been break-point debugging HLSL pixel shaders in it recently, which is a kick in the pants).

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I''d recommend Borland C# Builder over #develop. In my experience with #develop it''s annoying to stuff to just disappear from the form designer as if it never existed and it doesn''t seem multi-user friendly. I have had to go through the code completiom database initialization several times even though I should be abel to just point to the Code Completion database I have already completed. It seem to need a lot of work when compared to BC# Builder.

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