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    C# compiler/editor

    I'm looking to get more and more into C#, but I don't have the cash to go buy something like Visual Studio .NET. So does anyone have any suggestions on open source (read: free) C# compilers for Windows?

    Thanks, and I apologize if this has been asked elsewhere.
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    SharpDevelop is nice.
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    Is it? How large is it?
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    Sharp Develop is a gread IDE. The framework should come with a compiler (csc.exe for the Windows.NET Framework).


    EDIT: The Mono.NET framework is open source.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwks
    Is it? How large is it?
    It appears to be about 7.1mb if you just download the installer, 13.something if you download the source.

    Thanks for the tip guys!
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    From here:
    Download #develop setup, no source code
    * Download from Sourceforge Download [7264 KB]
    and with source,
    Download #develop source code, no executables
    * Download from Sourceforge Download [13737 KB]
    Well, I just answered my own question.

    How about other systems? Like Mac or Linux?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwks
    From here:

    and with source,

    Well, I just answered my own question.

    How about other systems? Like Mac or Linux?
    I think Mono has an IDE called MonoDevelop.
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    If you're not anti-Microsoft, you could also use Visual C# Express, free to download.
    http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/expres...p/default.aspx
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    I'm not. What's the difference?
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    What's the difference?
    Visual C# Express is sluggish, it looks great and is a breeze to use, but I prefer an IDE that actually responds when I try to do something.
    Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.

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    Narf, you'll need to install the "get a decent PC" patch

    Ober, the biggest difference is Visual C# Express uses .NET version 2.0 (beta) whilst SharpDevelop uses 1.1. So if you spend ages on SharpDevelop, come November (when 2.0 is officially released) you'll need to upgrade anyway. Also the express is much much more productive than sharp develop - the intellisense is amazing. Right now the Express versions are free (because they're in beta) but come November they'll retail at about $50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stovellp
    Narf, you'll need to install the "get a decent PC" patch

    Ober, the biggest difference is Visual C# Express uses .NET version 2.0 (beta) whilst SharpDevelop uses 1.1. So if you spend ages on SharpDevelop, come November (when 2.0 is officially released) you'll need to upgrade anyway. Also the express is much much more productive than sharp develop - the intellisense is amazing. Right now the Express versions are free (because they're in beta) but come November they'll retail at about $50.
    Uh...I can use 2.0 with #Develop just fine.

    EDIT: Unless I mistinterupted your post.
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    Narf, you'll need to install the "get a decent PC" patch
    You would think the Pentium D 840 with 2GB of RAM would be able to handle it, wouldn't you? Apparently not, because the Express IDEs are all sluggish, and it's not like I'm working with even a marginally old system. Oh well, I guess I hold my IDEs to higher standards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Narf
    You would think the Pentium D 840 with 2GB of RAM would be able to handle it, wouldn't you? Apparently not, because the Express IDEs are all sluggish, and it's not like I'm working with even a marginally old system. Oh well, I guess I hold my IDEs to higher standards.
    That's odd. I run both the Express versions and the full Visual Studio 2005 beta 2 (plus SQL Server 2005) on a P4 3.0GHz with 2GB RAM and find it quite responsive. It compiles a 400,000 LOC application (15 C# projects) in about 30 seconds. With all the added productivity tools, I think it performs nicely. The memory usage is high but lets remember it is just a beta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7smurfs
    Uh...I can use 2.0 with #Develop just fine.
    I wasn't aware SD could even compile with the 2.0 framework. I just tried the latest version though, and it seems it can. However I don't see any support in the IDE for the new features like generics.

    I don't mean to say SharpDevelop is a bad IDE, in fact quite the opposite. I probably wouldn't even be coding now if it wasn't for SharpDevelop. For an open source project it's really good, and I love the integration with NAnt and NUnit. But I don't believe the current version compares with Visual Studio 2003 in terms of features, let alone the stuff in 2005.

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