Sunday, March 28, 2010

Detailed Instructions on How to Download SharpDevelop and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

This is the first time I do the posting here. The guy who is behind this blog (site specifically for all geeks like us) always asks me to post something useful like articles, tutorials and other things which can grasp your interests. Hope you like my first tutorial.

This is the present view (as of March 29, 2010) of the link I provided on his latest post.

To start using SharpDevelop, you need first to download it. Click LABEL 1 (refer to the image above) to download it to your computer. You will be transferred into their download page and save dialog box will appear.

Go to the directory you want this installer to save. Example, I want it to save in c drive.
SharpDevelop_3.2.0.5505_setup.msi will be saved in Local Drive (C:).

After you download it, .NET Framework is also needed in order your program to run. And that is .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 to be specific.
Follow these steps to have it:
1. Click LABEL 2 (refer to the first image above).
2. You will be transferred to this page:

3. Click Download
4. Microsoft download page will load upon doing step 3.

5. If the download does not start after 30 seconds, click the Start Download link.


Save dialog box will appear and asking you where to put it. After choosing the desired location, click save to download it.

6. And voila! You have it.

After you install all of these installers, (.NET Framework should be installed first before the SharpDevelop) you can start using it and develop your first program in whatever programming language you prefer. (either in vb, c# and others)

Hope this tutorial will be a help guys! Have a happy and enjoyable life. See you on my next post! ^^,

Thursday, March 18, 2010

SharpDevelop: Open Source Visual Studio .NET

Fot those who are looking for an alternative IDE for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, something that costs less (actually free), and does not require a lot of hardware specification, this this article may be of help.

SharpDevelop is a free IDE that imitates the user interface of Microsoft Visual Studio. It contains a lot of features similar to Visual Studio such as the project explorer, drag-and-drop design view, resource manager, syntax highlighting... etc. It uses the free distributable .NET Framework for compiling source codes. (So it requires .NET Framework installed first)


SharpDevelop may not posses the same quality and features which may be found at Microsoft Visual Studio but this could also be a good option for starters especially in Visual Basic and C# Programming. Users who are already used to may not feel comfortable because of some features. However, projects in SharpDevelop may still be opened in MS Visual Studio.


SharpDevelop may be downloaded at

Latest Version for Microsoft .NET Framework
.NET Framework Page