A Couple of Minutes in MonoDevelop

As I’m living in Ubuntu Linux right now, I thought I might as well try to get some Mono stuff running. For those who forgot, or never knew, “Mono”:http://www.go-mono.com is an open source implementation of the .NET framework.

Installing Mono on Ubuntu (I upgraded to the pre-beta Hoary, with Gnome 2.10 and X.org) was pretty easy, nearly all the interesting packages are in the repository. After everything seemed to work correctly (including the MonoDoc application that uses Gtk#), I decided to try to install MonoDevelop, the free Mono IDE. All this went flawlessly as well. It’s looking pretty neat too:

MonoDevelop main screen

It even features code-completion:

Code completion

And has monodoc integrated, so help is at your fingertips:

Integrated help

Just for the heck of it I also installed XSP, which is the Mono ASP.NET server and tried to access the Monodoc help files through the web (so, through ASP.NET):

Monodoc HTTP

It kind of works, you the left collapsable menu works. The logo at the top is missing and as soon as you click a help page it gives a weird error saying that there is “no stream for this node”.

Still fun to play with, though.