Wednesday, July 23, 2008

IronEditor: An Editor for Dynamic Languages on .NET

Ben Hall, a .NET developer from the UK, has announced a new project to create an IDE specifically targeting IronPython and IronRuby. In the future the project will also be extended to cover all languages that use the Dynamic Language Runtime.
Ben's goal is to create an IDE for Dynamic Languages that is lighter-weight than Visual Studio.

Out of the box the project already supports IronPython and IronRuby, including the creation of new projects or source files and executing code. IronEditor is based on Windows Forms and has a syntax highlighting code editor.

Currently to build IronEditor you will need Visual Studio 2008 (Express is fine), but there is a binary available for download. The blog entry shows screenshots of IronEditor running on Mono. Mono compatibility is an important goal for IronEditor. Currently the only feature missing on Mono is syntax highlighting.

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