Development Tools II

date:Feb 12, 2009 @ 11:44

Did a little exploration to see what development tools are available although I’m not sure that I actually want to use the machine itself to develop applications.

Of course, the current flavour of the month is Mono, and so worth a look.

What is Mono?

The Mono project is an Open development initiative (sponsored by Novell) to create a Unix version of the Microsoft .NET development platform. The objective is to allow developers to write and deploy cross-platform .NET applications.

http://www.mono-project.com

A version is available for Ubuntu and can be installed directly on to the Mini9.

MonoDevelop is a GNOME IDE designed for c# and other .NET languages.

Install it directly from the Add/Remove Programs menu option.

Also installed Monodoc, which is a GTK+ based viewer and provides detailed API documentation for all Mono components and the Mono CLI implementation.

A missing component was needed, the mono-gmcs compiler (package), which can be installed using the Synaptic Package Manager.

Here’s how it looks in action:

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Itss usable as a system to dabble with on the Mini9, but not sure how it would stand up to a full-scale development project. Though probably better, if this is the development tool of choice, to use it on a bigger desktop machine and just run the resultant application on the mini9. Still, for quickly trying out code snippets in your spare time, it could be useful.