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Well, Visual Studio .NET is probably the best IDE I've seen in ages. It even kicks IDEA's butt, IMHO. My question is, how hard would it be to reproduce it's look and feel?

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Have you heard of SharpDevelop?  It's a GPL'd VS.NET knock-off, although I'm sure they add in some goodies of their own too.

Here's a link:

I haven't used it, so I can't comment on its stability or features, but I imagine browsing through their source code should give you at least an idea of how easy/difficult it is...

Tuesday, June 1, 2004


I went from IDEA to VS.Net 2003 in a new job and found it to be clunky and vastly inferior. Not quite sure what it is about MS IDEs but they seem to be frustrating to use (the VB6 IDE is a crufty abomination). If you're using VS.Net 2003, I'd recommend the ReSharper plugin.


As for reproducing the look and feel - it depends on how good are you at devloping UI components? ;-)  Presumably they extend some of the controls from components in the Windows.Forms namespace.

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

SharpDevelop is fairly nice, but is a complete resource hog. Orders of magnitude more so than VS.NET.

Bill Brown
Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Some GUI libraries make it a point to reproduce every GUI trick used by Microsoft.  For example, CodeJock ( comes with a sample program that duplicates the entire VS.NET IDE (just its look, of course).  I tried it about a year ago and it was nicely written, but I decided not to use it in the end.

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

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