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Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform, Fifth Edition by Andrew Troelsen

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2.4. Building .NET Applications Using SharpDevelop

As you may agree, authoring C# code with Notepad++ is a step in the right direction, compared to Notepad and the command prompt. However, these tools do not provide rich IntelliSense capabilities for C# code, designers for building graphical user interfaces, project templates, or database manipulation tools. To address such needs, allow me to introduce the next .NET development option: SharpDevelop (also known as #Develop).

SharpDevelop is an open source and feature-rich IDE that you can utilize to build .NET assemblies using C#, VB, CIL, or a Python-inspired .NET language named Boo. Beyond the fact that this IDE is completely free, it is interesting to note that it was written entirely in C#. ...

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