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This is a mirror of http://laputa.sharpdevelop.net/, the core team's central news blog.
  • GSOC proposals

    The time to send in proposals for Google Summer Of Code is over now.

    Now we're busy reading your proposals and trying to decide on a ranking. This is a lot more work than I initially expected - we got lots of proposals during the last three days. Unfortunately, most of the late proposals were of a rather low quality.

    In total, we got 44 proposals from 34 students - much more than I expected.

    Here's the list of topics proposals were written on. As you can see, most of them come straight from the ideas page.

    • 10 proposals on Database tools
    • 5 class diagram / UML related
    • 4 Edit and Continue / C# background compilation
    • 4 ASP.NET
    • 4 Refactoring
    • 3 C++ support
    • 3 Debugger visualizer
    • 3 Customizable Shortcuts
    • 1 VB 9 code completion
    • 1 Pretty printer
    • 1 XAML code completion
    • 1 Integrated bug tracking
    • 1 actually creative idea
    • 1 idea completely unrelated to SharpDevelop
    • 1 idea I couldn't understand - due to completely broken English and an empty 'Details' section
    • 1 proposal that didn't have any idea

    But we're looking for students who would like to join the SharpDevelop team; we don't simply want to get some work done. So it's possible that we'll pick multiple students from the same 'category'; and having the only proposal on a much required feature doesn't mean you're automatically accepted.

    There also were some Java proposals but I'm not sure where they disappeared to. In any case, SharpDevelop is a .NET IDE, not a Java one. There are already good open source Java IDEs available; no need to add Java support to SharpDevelop.

    This is our first GSOC and I'm not too sure how we should judge the proposals. A surprisingly large part of them is obviously disqualified because the proposal is missing necessary details / the template isn't filled out completely. And what to do with a student who makes a promising impression but chose a project that isn't really interesting to us; or looks like it's not enough work for GSOC? What about projects that look like they cannot be done in the GSOC time frame; but it might be possible for a good coder and the Bio looks like the student knows what he's doing?

    We don't know yet how many slots Google will give to us, so we are as excited as you are :)

    Posted Apr 04 2009, 02:16 AM by Laputa
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  • Subversion 1.6

    In SharpDevelop 3.1.0.3948, I changed our Subversion integration to use SharpSVN instead of SvnDotNet.

    SharpSVN exposes more Subversion APIs to managed code, which could result in some nice features in the (far) future - for example, "SVN Diff" right inside the text editor.

    But the main reason for the upgrade was that SharpSVN supports Subversion 1.6. If you are using TortoiseSVN 1.6, you need to update to SharpDevelop 3.1. The old SvnDotNet does not work with new working copies.

    However, the same is true in the other direction: if you use SharpDevelop 3.1, you must update to TortoiseSVN 1.6. No matter which .NET wrapper or client version is accessing a repository, the underlying Subversion library has the unpleasant feature to automatically upgrade working copies. As soon as the Subversion 1.6 library inside SharpDevelop touches your working copy, Subversion 1.5 clients will no longer be able to access it.

    You need to update all Subversion clients on your machine at the same time. SharpDevelop contains a Subversion client:

    • SharpDevelop 3.0 comes with Subversion 1.5 and requires TortoiseSVN 1.5.
    • SharpDevelop 3.1 (starting with revision 3948) comes with Subversion 1.6 and requires TortoiseSVN 1.6.

    This entry in the Subversion FAQ describes the problem and offers a working copy downgrade script, in case you decide to go back to a previous SVN client version.

    Posted Apr 03 2009, 10:20 PM by Laputa
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  • GSoC 2009

    David wrote a blog post on our participation in the GSoC 2009. It refers to the GSoC 2009 Wiki entry where the mentors have posted a few ideas (yes, we actively encourage students to come up with their own!). As I am the program manager, I am not active as a mentor, but I sure do have an opinion... here are my top five projects when it comes to "visibility" (a feature that will be used by a large percentage of our user base):

    1. The database scout / database api / EDM designer (we already have a student lined up for this)
    2. Debugger improvements (visualizers, edit and continue support, ...)
    3. VB.NET 9 support on par with our existing C# 3.0 support (most likely a task for a CS student)
    4. Refactoring support (think ReSharper)
    5. Customizable keyboard shortcuts / toolbars

    I took "Everything .NET 4.0" from my top five because Beta 1 of Framework 4.0 most likely won't hit the streets before the student application deadline. And I will post further ideas in David's blog post, so you might find something palatable there too.

    Posted Mar 24 2009, 02:42 PM by Laputa
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  • SharpDevelop 3.0 Final

    Another major release of SharpDevelop finally hits the streets - version 3.0 has been completed yesterday and is available for download as of now! Go get it

    Posted Feb 10 2009, 09:48 AM by Laputa
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  • WPF Designer Removed From SharpDevelop 3.0

    On December 5th (revision 3655), we removed the WPF designer from SharpDevelop 3.0. The decision to remove this feature had its origins in an internal discussion between Daniel, Ivan and myself after watching the PDC 2008 session Microsoft .NET Framework: Declarative Programming Using XAML. There, System.Xaml.dll was announced - a parser for the full Xaml standard.

    Back then, a preview was announced for November, but that has been pushed back - please see the System.XAML CTP blog post by Rob Relyea. Therefore we had to take the decision whether to use System.Xaml.dll without doing a prototype, but we opted for saving ourselves the chore of having to keep abreast with future XAML changes by sticking with a standard parser instead of having to maintain our own.

    Because System.Xaml.dll is part of .NET Framework 4.0, we had to remove the WPF designer feature from SharpDevelop 3.0.

    Posted Dec 14 2008, 08:17 PM by Laputa
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  • NRefactory TypeReference - breaking change

    In version 3.0.0.3660, I changed how NRefactory's TypeReference.Type works. This is a potentially breaking change to users of NRefactory.

    Previously, TypeReference had both a "Type" and a "SystemType". If you parsed "long a;", you got a TypeReference with Type="long" and SystemType="System.Int64".

    However, this got a little problematic if you wanted to modify the AST - do you have to change both Type and SystemType? Actually, setting Type to "int" was automatically setting SystemType to "System.Int32" - even if you were modifying VB code which doesn't have the "int" keyword but uses "Integer". The other way round, setting Type to "DATE" would set SystemType to "System.DateTime" - not only for VB, but also for C#. Because the parser internally also uses the Type setter, "DATE d;" would parse to "System.DateTime d;" in C#!

    To solve this, I removed the language-specific "Type". Now the Type property always contains the SystemType. You can use the new boolean IsKeyword property to tell if the type was specified using the language keyword or if the CLR type was specified explicitly.

    Another related problem was that there was no way to output "System.Int32 a;" using NRefactory - the output visitor would always automatically convert it to "int a;". I changed this, too - now the output visitors will use the short form only if the IsKeyword property is set. So code generators using NRefactory will output the long form when using the new NRefactory version unless they are modified to set IsKeyword=true.

    Posted Dec 06 2008, 07:49 PM by Laputa
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  • Code Analysis improvements in SharpDevelop 3.0

    In revision 3506, SharpDevelop 3.0 got improved support for code analysis using FxCop 1.36.

    There were some bugs fixed that were related to the suppress message command - it was working only with FxCop 1.35, but even there couldn't suppress messages for static constructors and explicitly implemented interface members.

    Using this command inserts a SuppressMessageAttribute in the code:

    A new feature is support for custom dictionaries for the FxCop spell checker. Instead of suppressing tons of spelling messages, you can simply add a new xml file to your project with content like this:

    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <Dictionary>
      <Words>
        <Recognized>
         
    <!-- add words specific to your application here -->
         
    <Word>Uncollapse</Word>
        </Recognized>
        <Unrecognized>
         
    <!-- Disable Lineup as a single word - LineUp is the spelling used in WPF -->
          
    <Word>Lineup</Word>
        </Unrecognized>
        <Deprecated>
         
    <!-- Use this section to deprecate terms -->
         
    <Term PreferredAlternate="Best">Bestest</Term>
        </Deprecated>
      </Words>
      <Acronyms>
        <CasingExceptions>
         
    <!-- Use this section to tell FxCop the correct casing of acronyms. -->
         
    <Acronym>WiX</Acronym>
        </CasingExceptions>
     
    </Acronyms>
    </Dictionary>
    >

    And then set the file's build action to "CodeAnalysisDictionary" (this build action does not appear in the drop down, you'll have to type it in).

    Posted Sep 06 2008, 07:32 PM by Laputa
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  • XAML code completion

    More than one year ago, I added the XAML language binding to SharpDevelop 3.0, showing tooltips in .xaml files and enabling refactoring. ("XAML and WPF support in SharpDevelop 3.0")

    Now I finally added the missing part: code completion.

    You get completion when typing an element:

    For attributes:

    And for attribute values if the property expects an enum:

    Posted Sep 05 2008, 01:04 AM by Laputa
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  • First Mirador (SharpDevelop 4.0) Screenshot

    In case anyone gets a wrong idea, take a close look at the title bar - it has the word "experimental" in it:

    The reverse integration of the WPF branch is the first step in the direction of "more WPF" in SharpDevelop 4.0 (this screenshot shows the new WPF workbench and the new WPF start page).

    So what does this mean for the not-yet released version 3.0? As 3.0 is the last version built entirely on top of Windows Forms, it will be a long-term stable release series - meaning there are plans for at least 3.1 and 3.2. We know a lot of people are using our workbench, our text editor and various other parts in their applications - and we are definitely going to be supporting you in the future!

    Posted Sep 04 2008, 07:57 PM by Laputa
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  • Patch-Sized Contributions Without JCA

    Our Wiki has a guideline on joining the team which outlines the process of submitting code to the project. As part of this year's #develop developer days (#d^3) we decided on a change to the guideline:

    It is now possible to contribute "any-size" patches (be it a bug fix or feature enhancement) when those code pieces (your changes) are licensed under the BSD license.

    Why this change? We want to make it easier for the "accidential contributor" (ie someone who stumbled across a bug and dabbled with our code to fix it) to get her or his changes into our codebase without going through the "hassle" of having to sign & send the JCA. This should lower the barrier to contributing to our project.

    If you want to work on a larger feature, we still want you to send us a JCA - the simple reason being in it's name: it is a joint copyright assignment, making you and the project owners to the copyright, allowing you and the project to work with the code in any way desired. For more details on "Why the JCA" please see the guideline.

    Posted Sep 01 2008, 07:12 PM by Laputa
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  • StyleCop Addin

    This addin integrates Microsoft StyleCop into SharpDevelop. StyleCop only supports C#, and this addin has been tested against StyleCop 4.3, earlier versions won't work.

    Features

    • Line highlighting of the warnings found
    • Change StyleCop settings on a per-project basis, copying from a master file you can also configure
    • Run as part of the normal build process or on-demand from the project menu

    So how do you run StyleCop? Simply from the context menu of the current C# project:

    This will result in an error (given that you haven't installed StyleCop yet):

    Therefore please download the latest version of StyleCop and install it. Note that you must install the MSBuild integration:

    Once installed, you have to tell SharpDevelop where to find it. This is done in the Tools / Options dialog:

    Click on "Find StyleCop path" and go to the MSBuild directory:

    Now SharpDevelop knows how to find StyleCop, all you have to do is re-run the StyleCop inspection of your project. In my sample project this results in quite a few warnings:

    As you might not go d'accord with the default style checks, you can manipulate the StyleCop settings right from your current C# project:

    Those rules are documented in StyleCop.

    Posted Aug 22 2008, 09:03 AM by Laputa
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  • Which Version of SharpDevelop Supports Which Version of Subversion?

    Because the question keeps coming up repeatedly in the forum, I want to repeat the most important pieces of advice from the last thread in this blog post. Firstly and most importantly:

    If you use SharpDevelop 2.x, you must use TortoiseSVN 1.4.x.
    If you use SharpDevelop 3.x, you must use TortoiseSVN 1.5.x.

    So why is this important? Well, Subversion 1.5 does change the working copy format, therefore older clients cannot read the working copy anymore. And why is this important to SharpDevelop? Daniel continues to explain:

    SharpDevelop uses its own copy of the Subversion library for marking files as added/removed/etc. This can upgrade the working copy to the 1.5 format.

    However, SharpDevelop does not have it's own commit dialog - we simply start TortoiseSVN.

    So there are two Subversion libraries used by SharpDevelop: the one we ship for local operations, and the one shipped with TortoiseSVN for commit etc. Because the Subversion 1.4 library cannot read working copies touched by the 1.5 library, you run into this kind of problem when either TortoiseSVN or SharpDevelop is too old.

    To sum up: SharpDevelop 2.x ships with libraries that are compatible with Subversion 1.4 and requires TortoiseSVN 1.4 for UI. Whereas version 3.0 of SharpDevelop ships with (different) libraries that are compatible with Subversion 1.5 and requires TortoiseSVN 1.5 for UI.

    So will there be an upgrade for SharpDevelop 2.x to support Subversion 1.5? This was a hotly debated issue, however, in the end it boiled down to the following question: do we want to ship two almost identical versions of SharpDevelop 2.2 that only differ in the version of the included Subversion library (because we would have to support both camps)? As that would create quite a bit of confusion, we decided to leave 2.2 as is and support Subversion 1.5 only in SharpDevelop 3.0.

    Posted Aug 20 2008, 09:01 PM by Laputa
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  • TortoiseSVN Not Found on x64 Computers

    If you receive the following error message

    but have TortoiseSVN installed, then you have run into the following snag: SharpDevelop 3.0 is explicity marked as 32 Bit application, thus it cannot use the x64 version of TortoiseSVN.

    Solution: install TortoiseSVN 32 Bit. It can be used in parallel with the x64 version.

    Posted Aug 19 2008, 10:00 PM by Laputa
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  • SharpDevelop On a Memory Stick

    Running SharpDevelop on USB thumb drives has been possible for a long time. What is new in version 3.0 though is that the settings that usually go into the user's profile can live directly on the memory stick - allowing you to take your settings with you at all times. Here is the procedure:

    Download SharpDevelop 3.0 and perform a standard installation on Windows. By default the installation location (on an x64 machine) will be the following:

    Simply copy the 3.0 directory to your memory stick, and then open the \bin directory there:

    There, you have to open SharpDevelop.exe.config - and search for the appSettings section which by default looks like this:

     <appSettings>
      <!-- Use this configuration setting to store settings in a directory relative to the location
           of SharpDevelop.exe instead of the user's profile directory. -->
      <!-- <add key="settingsPath" value="..\Settings" /> -->
      
      <!-- Use this setting to specify a different path for the code completion cache.
            The cache contains information about referenced assemblies to speed up loading
            the information on future SharpDevelop starts. -->
      <!-- <add key="domPersistencePath" value="..\DomCache" /> -->
      
      <!-- Use this setting to disable the code completion cache. Code completion will still be
           available, but take longer to load and use more RAM. -->
      <!-- <add key="domPersistencePath" value="none" /> -->
     </appSettings>

    The comments tell you what to do, basically uncomment settingsPath and domPersistencePath:

    <add key="settingsPath" value="..\Settings" />
    <add key="domPersistencePath" value="..\DomCache" />

    Save the file and you, SharpDevelop and your settings are ready to go. Note that once started the two directories show up in the directory tree:

    Posted Aug 16 2008, 05:18 PM by Laputa
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  • Implicit lambda parameter type inference

    Starting with version 3.0.0.3010, the C# code completion in SharpDevelop has support for implicitly typed lambda expressions.

    Given a variable "IEnumerable<MyClass> items" and the "Select" extension method from LINQ, typing "items.Select(i => i." now shows the members of MyClass. And if the result of the Select call is assigned to an implicitly typed variable, SharpDevelop is now able to infer that the variable has the type IEnumerable<return type of the lambda expression>.

    Unlike all other expressions in C#, the type of a lambda expression cannot be inferred just from by at the expression itself (and the variables used by the expression). To resolve lambda type parameters, we also need to look at the context where the lambda is used. Currently, not all contexts are supported by code-completion, you can find the list of known problems in our bugtracker (Component: DOM / Resolver). Should you find anything where code-completion does not work correctly which is not in that list, please file a bug report in our forum.

    The most commonly used context for lambda expressions is method calls, and this is also the most difficult thing to support. It's easy when the method has a clear signature like "void M(Func<int, string> f)", since then SharpDevelop can infer the lambda parameter types directly from the delegate type. But most of the time, things aren't that easy. For example, the signature of the Select method is "IEnumerable<R> Select<T, R>(this IEnumerable<T> input, Func<T, R> f)". Here, SharpDevelop needs to first infer what T is, then it can know what the lambda parameter types are, and only after that it can resolve the lambda expression to infer what R is.

    But when the method has multiple overloads, things can get even more messy:
    When a method has to overloads "void M(Func<string, int> f)" and "void M(Func<int, int> f)", it is valid to call them like this: "F(i=>i.Length)", "F(i=>i+i)". In the first call, i is a string; in the second, it is int. What SharpDevelop needs to do here is to infer the lambda parameter types for each overload separately, infer the lambda's return type; and then check that against the delegate's signature to see which overload was the correct one.

    i=>i.Length is a resolve error if i would be int, but returns the expected int if i is string; so i must resolve to string.
    i=>i+i returns a string if i would be string, but returns the expected int if i is int; so i must resolve to int.

    Note that because there's no way to tell the type of i before the lambda expression is completed, you cannot expect that SharpDevelop gives you correct code completion for it. "Length" will not be included in the code-completion list for i when you type ".", because at that point, the method call is "F(i=>i)", and i is thus an int. But after the expression is written, SharpDevelop will show a tooltip for "Length", and features like "Go to definiton" and "Find references" will work.

    Posted Apr 01 2008, 09:13 AM by Laputa
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