Free Open Source Alternative to Visual Studio 2012

Free Open Source Alternative to Visual Studio 2012

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Visual Studio 2012 RC was announced yesterday and it is available to download now. Microsoft announced that it may not have a free Express version to build Windows desktop applications in Visual Studio 2012.

So, what are other alternative tools to Visual Studio 2012? There are two good tools out there that are available absolutely free and open source.

MonoDevelop 3.0 is an open source IDE for building C# and other .NET applications. MonoDevelop is an IDE primarily designed for C# and other .NET languages. MonoDevelop enables developers to quickly write desktop and ASP.NET Web applications on Linux, Windows and Mac OSX. MonoDevelop makes it easy for developers to port .NET applications created with Visual Studio to Linux and to maintain a single code base for all platforms.

Download MonoDevelop 3.0 here:  

#develop (SharpDevelop) is another free open source IDE for C# developers.

Download SharpDevelop here:

Are these tools any good? How do they fair compare to Visual Studio 2012?

Well, they may not be as good as Visual Studio 2012 and they may not provide as many features as Visual Studio 2012 has but they are very good. They are very good to start learning and building your applications using C#.

If you are a student and do not have any money to spend on Visual Studio 2012, these are perfect tool for you. Give them a try and decide yourself.