Every .NET developer I know use Visual Studio at his work to develop applications. But what IDE can a software developer developing his own a hobby/open source project use?
I use #Develop for most of my hobby projects (although from time to time I use VS Express as well).
In case you’re wondering what #Develop is all about – it’s a free open source IDE for developing .NET applications using C#, VB & BOO.
#Develop has everything you’d expect from a .NET IDE: code completion, debugger, syntax highlight, class diagram (like the one VS has) , form designer, XML editor etc.
It has additional features that I miss in VS such as XML Doc preview and Code conversion (VB C#).
Integration with several known tools:
- FxCop – Code analysis.
- StyleCop – Source code Analysis.
- Wix – for windows installer creation.
- Subversion – one of the best revision control tools available.
- NUnit – you can run unit tests directly from the IDE – real TDD style.
But it doesn’t end there – You can also use it to write F# and Iron Python code as well!
A truly amazing product for the hobbyist developer.