Screenshot of SharpDevelop
|Stable release||4.2.2 / 26 August 2012|
|Preview release||4.2 Beta 2 / 4 March 2012|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Type||Integrated development environment|
SharpDevelop (also styled as #develop) is a free and open source integrated development environment (IDE) for the Microsoft .NET, Mono, Gtk# and Glade# platforms, and supports development in C#, Visual Basic .NET, Boo, F#, IronPython and IronRuby programming languages.
It was designed as a free and lightweight alternative to Microsoft Visual Studio, and contains an equivalent feature for almost every essential Visual Studio Express feature, including features for project management, code editing, application compiling and debugging. To allow for easy project migration, SharpDevelop works natively with Visual Studio project and code files. It is able to compile applications for .NET Framework version 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 and 3.5.
Although not as widespread as the Visual Studio line of products, SharpDevelop is fairly popular and has been downloaded at least 6 million times worldwide, and has been documented in the book Dissecting a C# Application: Inside SharpDevelop (2003) published by its creators.[page needed]
SharpDevelop is written entirely in C# and consists of about 20 components that integrate to form the application. The source code editor component is known as AvalonEdit and can be utilized by other applications. Early in its development the project was split for Mono and Gtk# development into the MonoDevelop project.
SharpDevelop includes features very similar to those found in Visual Studio, or Delphi/Kylix, including a GUI Designer, Code/Design views, Syntax highlighting, Auto completion menus (similar to IntelliSense) the ability to compile and debug form/console .NET Framework applications, the New Project wizard, Toolbars, Menus, Panels, and a Panel docking system.:7
SharpDevelop has in-built refactoring tools, such as to create or modify functions and properties. It has an integrated debugger that allows for stepping, viewing values of objects in memory, and breakpoints. It also includes ILSpy, a decompiler for IL assemblies, so debugging third-party assemblies without source code is also possible.
It also includes functionality for:
- External COM and ActiveX components
- Code Analysis (FxCop)
- Unit Testing (NUnit)
- Code Coverage (PartCover)
- Subversion (TortoiseSVN)
- StyleCop addin
- Documentation generation (Sandcastle, SHFB)
See Also 
- Comparison of integrated development environments
- Software development kit
- .NET Framework § Standardization and licensing
- SharpDevelop Release on 6/5/2012, SharpDevelop Community
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