[MonoTouch] MonoTouch justifications

Demis Bellot demis.bellot at gmail.com
Tue Sep 14 13:53:55 EDT 2010

Sadly I have to agree with this as well. I didn't know how much VS.NET did
for me until I had to use MonoDevelop (An IDE without).
VS.NET/R# seems to follow the workflow of a developer gracefully, managing
namespaces and files. Intelligent variable suggestions/re-naming, Completing
your sentences and on-the-fly re-factoring. You can Alt+Enter on any code
that doesn't follow convention and easily auto-fix and format it back into

I don't want to criticize the MonoDevelop team (as developing a functional
IDE is a monumental task) but the current state of MD on OSX is generations
away from VS.NET/R# and as a result developer productivity suffers.

Hopefully the MonoTouch team is given enough feedback to make
VS.NETintegration a top priority. Personally I would be happy with
being able to
only run on the simulator in VS.NET and defer to MD for running on the

Not that it is possible, I would also be happier with using a commercial
JetBrains IDE. Since they're now producing IDE's for every popular lang
maybe they can be coerced into creating an IDE for C#. Since they have a lot
of intelligence around C# and will be able to re-use the R# code-base it may
be a quick win?

Note I'm happy that MonoTouch allows me to re-use my existing code-base - I
just think the team should know the major friction point new devs are

- Demis

On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 6:38 PM, Benjamin van der Veen <b at bvanderveen.com>wrote:

> On Sep 14, 2010, at 9:19, Matt Greer <matt.e.greer at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I hate to bag on MonoDevelop, but Tiago is correct. It's still quite
> buggy and often frustrating to use. It's unfortunately a pretty big con when
> you consider the price tag of MonoTouch.
> >
> I have to echo this sentiment. I'm a long time .NET and iOS lover/dev
> (obviously, longer with .NET ;) and would love to use  MonoTouch. But I
> haven't for the sole reason that MonoDevelop on OS X (and even on Linux) is
> extremely frustratingly buggy to unusably so. I'm still doing all my .NET
> dev work in VMWare Fusion with VS.
> That said, VS sets the bar really, really high. But more investment in
> MonoDevelop is my top want-to-have from the entire (otherwise fantastic)
> Mono project, and absolutely a prerequisite to my purchase and use of MT.
> Given the recent Apple 3.3.1 news and Miguel's blog post regarding it, this
> is an area I'm keeping my eye on.
> Benjamin van der Veen
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