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Fundamentals of Computer Programming with C#


108 Fundamentals of Computer Programming with C#
Once we know where exactly the problem in the program is, we can easily
correct it. To do so, first, we need to stop the execution of the program before
it is finished. We select Debug –> Stop Debugging or press [Shift+F5].
After that we delete the problem line and start the program in normal mode
(without debugging) by pressing) [Ctrl+F5].
Alternatives to Visual Studio
As we have seen, in theory, we can do without Visual Studio, but in practice
that is not a good idea. The work required compiling a big project, finding all
the errors in the code and performing numerous other actions would simply
take too much time without Visual Studio.
On the other hand, Visual Studio is not a free software developing
environment (the full version). Many people cannot afford to buy the
professional version (this is also true for small companies and some people
engaged in programming).
This is why there are some alternatives to Visual Studio (except VS Express
Edition), which are free and can handle the same tasks relatively well.
SharpDevelop
One alternative is SharpDevelop (#Develop). We can find it at the following
Internet address: http://www.icsharpcode.NET/OpenSource/SD/. #Develop is
an IDE for C# and is developed as an open-source project. It supports the
majority of the functionalities offered in Visual Studio 2012 but also works in
Linux and other operating systems. We will not review it in details but you
should keep it in mind, in case you need a C# development environment and
Visual Studio is not available.
MonoDevelop
MonoDevelop is an integrated software development environment for the
.NET platform. It is completely free (open source) and can be downloaded at:
http://monodevelop.com. With MonoDevelop, we can quickly and easily write
fully functional desktop and ASP.NET applications for Linux, Mac OS X and
Windows. It also enables programmers to easily transfer projects created in
Visual Studio to the Mono platform and make them functional in other
platforms.
Decompiling Code
Sometimes programmers need to see the code of a given module or program,
not written by them and with no source code available. The process, which
generates source code from an existing executable binary file (.NET
assembly – .exe or .dll) is called decompiling.
We might need to decompile code in the following cases:
 
 
 
 
 
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