Visual Studio gets Linux dose with Mono
The idea of Microsoft releasing Visual Studio for Unix and Linux was once – quite literally – a joke.
Not only was Visual Studio only built for Windows, but Microsoft’s licensing had prevented people using its premier development environment with non-Windows platforms.
Now, there’s a little less to laugh about. Microsoft partner Novell has delivered a plug-in designed to help Visual Studio developers easily build, debug, test, and port applications built using C# in Visual Studio 2005 to Linux, Unix, and OS X. The plug-in has Microsoft’s full blessing.
Mono Tools for Visual Studio, released today, lets developers use their existing knowledge of the IDE’s code and tools to target these non-Windows platforms. An update is already in the works for Visual Studio 2008 with support also planned for Apple’s iPhone.
The plug-in targets Windows developers who want to build .NET applications, build appliances, and cloud images using Mono for Linux, Unix, and OS X. It’s based on Mono, the open-source implementation of .NET led by Miguel de Icaza and bought by Novell several years back.