Novell delivers Mono Tools for Visual Studio 2.0, a new version of the open-source tool for developers to use Visual Studio to design, code and maintain multiplatform applications. Mono Tools 2.0 features new Mac OS X support.
has delivered Mono Tools for Visual Studio 2.0, a new version of the open-source
tool for developers to use Visual Studio to design, code and maintain multiplatform
Tools for Visual Studio 2.0 is an add-in module for the Visual Studio
integrated development environment (IDE)
that facilitates the development of .NET
applications for Linux, Unix and Mac OS X. Mono Tools helps reduce the time and
costs of multiplatform development, and enables corporate developers,
independent software vendors (ISVs) and development services providers to
quickly expand market opportunities and deployment options. It also enables .NET
developers to leverage their existing skill sets and an extensive .NET
ecosystem of code, libraries and tools to develop or port applications to
Linux, Unix or Mac OS X, Novell said in a press release about the technology.
primary new feature in Mono Tools 2.0 is support for Mac OS X, said Joseph
Hill, Mono product manager at Novell. Thus, all of the features Mono Tools has
provided for development, deployment and debugging of applications running on
Linux are now fully available to developers targeting Mac OS X from directly
within the IDE.
Mono Tools 1.0 was a Linux-focused release, and SUSE Linux in particular,"
Hill said. "However, with 2.0 we wanted to give Mono developers the things
they wanted, and Mac support was a big request. So we now support development
and debugging on the Mac."
new in Mono Tools for Visual Studio 2.0 is support for Mono on Windows.
Providing the simplest configuration for quickly getting a .NET
developer working with Mono, Mono Tools makes it easy to test, debug and
isolate issues on Mono without the overhead of switching between operating
systems, Hill said.
new version also is faster to deploy, he said. By compressing resources and
deploying only the files that have changed, time between building and testing
is decreased multifold-greatly reducing the time a developer has to wait
between writing and verifying a solution.
features available in Mono Tools 2.0 include a new debugger engine that enables
developers to debug applications running on the latest versions of Mono on
non-x86 hardware architectures, such as PowerPC and 390x.
can support debugging anywhere Mono is running, such as in embedded systems and
devices," Hill said.
also supports all current versions of Visual Studio, including Visual Studio
2010, Hill added. Because of its flexibility, Mono Tools enables developers to
jump-start cross-platform .NET development
with very little ramp-up or new skills requirements. Furthermore, the
experience of working against a remote, non-Windows operating system is very
close to the speed of developing against a locally running .NET
application, ensuring a seamless development process.
Hill said the Mono Project has up to now not supported Linux distributions
other than SUSE Linux, but with the 2.0 version Mono Tools also supports Red
Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS. CentOS is the Community Enterprise Operating
System-it is a community-supported, mainly free software operating system based
on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Tools for Visual Studio 2.0 is available in three editions. The Professional
Edition (individual) is available for $99, the Enterprise Edition (one
developer in an organization) for $249 and the Ultimate Edition for $2,499,
which provides a limited commercial license to redistribute Mono on Windows,
Linux and Mac OS X and includes five enterprise developer licenses. All product
versions include a one-year subscription for product updates.