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Visual Basic .Net on Mac
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Visual Basic .Net on Mac
For school I have to use the Visual Studio .NET IDE. However such tool doesn't exist on the Mac. Does anyone know if there is an IDE on the Mac that kind of looks like Visual Studio?


The programming language we use if Visual Basic .NET (which is basically an object oriented version of Visual Basic)

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2002.10.03 08:08 AM
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Quote:Originally posted by Taxxodium
For school I have to use the Visual Studio .NET IDE. However such tool doesn't exist on the Mac. Does anyone know if there is an IDE on the Mac that kind of looks like Visual Studio?

Sadly, the Visual Studio IDE is only available for Windows, but there are quite a few code editors which support some form of compiler integration, such as BBEdit ( http://www.barebones.com/ ) , Alpha ( http://www.kelehers.org/alpha/ ) and the now discontinued Pepper (url no longer available).

Ofcourse, you can always buy CodeWarrior ( http://www.metrowerks.com/ ) they have special student pricing.
The CW IDE is not as fully fledged as VS.NET, in that it only supports C, C++, Obj-C and Pascal syntax (not html etc) but it does buy you code completion etc (from CW Pro 8)


Quote:The programming language we use if Visual Basic .NET (which is basically an object oriented version of Visual Basic)

The .NET CLR is not ported to the Mac and the Mac BU @ Microsoft has hinted that this will not happen in the near future as well, so you're out of luck there.

Of course, buying Virtual PC ( http://www.connectix.com/ ) and running it on your Mac gives you the opportunity to run not too media-rich applications (i.e. no games) on your Mac. Before I got my PC, I briefly used VS.NET on virtual PC and it worked fine.

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2002.10.03 02:38 PM
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Does anyone know if there is an IDE on the Mac that kind of looks like Visual Studio?

If you have Mac OS X, then install the free developer tools. It will give you Interface Builder (IB) which lets you graphically design your GUI and much more. And it will give you Project Builder which is an IDE.

You can write in Obj-C++/Cocoa which is a fast dynamic compiled language with a modern and easy to use API. Roughly equivalent to Visual C++ .NET

You can write in Java/Cocoa. The entire Cocoa API is accessable through Java. Roughly equivalent to building applications Visual C# .NET

You can write in industry standard cross-platform Java/Swing. Not at 1.4 yet - and you cant use IB for this - but there are plenty of Java based gui editors. Roughly equivalent to building web apps in Visual C# .NET

You can write in Applescript Studio. This lets you write your applications in Apple's scripting language. Roughly equivalent to writing applications in Visual Basic

So what will you do with the $1,000 you save??!

aleph0 mentioned some good commercial products. And as he stated the bytecode from Visual Studio wont run on Mac. But you have some mondo powerful free revolutionary tools at your disposal - so get coding!

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2002.10.03 07:52 PM
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Have a look at realbasic (http://www.realbasic.com). The language is quite similar to Visual Basic.
2002.10.04 05:16 AM
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Use a Windows machine. I'm in a VB.net class right now, and there is no way I'd even attempt to do the assignments in Virtual PC. The software is an incredible dinosaur and resource hog on the relatively new campus lab machines, I don't know if it would even be functional in Virtual PC.
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