SharpDevelop 4.0 Released!

Prototyping of SharpDevelop 4.0 started on 5th of August 2008, with first screenshots released even before they shipped SharpDevelop 3.0. The prototype was ported to .NET 4.0 when its Beta 1 was released, and their team shipped a Beta 1 Preview when .NET 4.0 RC became available. The team went through four Beta releases and two release candidates before hitting their release milestone.

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SharpDevelop 3.2 with IronRuby support

Have you heard about SharpDevelop?

SharpDevelop it’s an Open Source IDE for C#, VB.NET, Boo, F#, IronPython and IronRuby on Microsoft’s .NET platform.

With the release of version 3.2, the development team included full support of IronRuby 1.0 which is also an Open Source implementation of the Ruby programming language targeting Microsoft .NET Framework, heavily relying on Microsoft’s Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR).

SharpDevelop 3.2 currently supports .NET Framework 3.5, the support of .NET 4.0 will be part of SharpDevelop 4.0 which will be released soon.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your hands on SharpDevelop.

Splash Screens; very important for the first impression!

Surely you have seen those in almost all applications. It’s the first thing an end user sees of an application. So, to give a very good first impression and make it look more professional, you must create a splash screen that has a big visual impact.

You should also remember that the splash screen appears every time the user starts the application; it gives them something to look at while it loads. The application can do a lot of things at this point such as verifying the license, loading preferences, connecting to the database and/or the network, and so forth. If the application takes several seconds to accomplish such tasks, you can show them a splash screen with a progress bar, status messages, or an animation so they know that the program is working.

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