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Monday, January 5, 2009

The Open Source Development Environment for .NET

#develop (short for SharpDevelop) is a free IDE for C#, VB.NET and Boo projects on Microsoft's .NET platform. It is open-source, and you can download both sourcecode and executables from

Welcome to SharpDevelop, the open source IDE for .NET, supporting C#, VB.NET and Boo on .NET Framework 1.1, 2.0 and Mono

The features we like most...

  • Forms designer for C#, VB.NET and Boo
  • Code completion for C#, VB.NET and Boo (including Ctrl+Space support)
  • Integrated NUnit support plus code coverage (NCover)
  • Integrated debugger
  • Code Analysis with FxCop
  • Refactoring support
  • Multi-framework support (.NET 1.1 and 2.0, Mono, Compact Framework)
  • XML Editing (source and tree view) with XPath search
  • Parser-based code converter (C# to VB.NET / Boo and more)
  • Compile C#, VB.NET & Boo code in the IDE out-of-the-box
  • Code AutoInsert (Alt+Ins)
  • Xml documentation preview
  • Setup projects supported with Windows Installer XML (WiX)
  • Subversion integration
  • Open source, LGPL licensed

And here are some more...

  • User interface translated to many languages
  • Write C#, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, XML, HTML code
  • Project or File-based development (Project Scout & File Scout)
  • Rich project options
  • Syntax highlighting for C#, HTML, ASP, ASP.NET, VBScript, VB.NET, XML
  • Intelligent braces
  • Folding
  • Bookmark your code
  • Code template support
  • Component Inspector
  • Feature-rich Find & Replace dialogs (including incremental search)
  • Easily extensible with external tools
  • Easily extensible with Plug-Ins
  • Re-host SharpDevelop with SDA
  • ... and much more

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