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Christoph Wille

August 2012 - Posts

  • Installing SharpDevelop on Windows 8

    With Windows 8 released to MSDN and TechNet subscribers today, I thought it'd be a good idea to give a short guide for installing SharpDevelop on a blank Windows 8 installation - because it will fail with an error message (although the screenshot is for SharpDevelop 4.3, the same applies for 4.2):

    The easiest way to fix this is to install .NET 3.5 (used by lots of other applications / drivers, thus if you don't install SharpDevelop first thing on Windows 8, it might just install right away because somebody else auto-installed this dependency).

    You are looking for "Turn Windows features on or off" - this will open the "Windows Features" dialog on the desktop:

    Make sure to check ".NET Framework 3.5", click OK, let it connect to Windows Update and finish the installation. Once done, you can go back to installing SharpDevelop, as it now has all required dependencies!

    Note You can alternatively install just the VC++ 2008 SP1 runtime.

  • Import and Export of Highlighting Settings

    Yesterday, Siegfried put finishing touches on the import/export of color schemes in SharpDevelop. To give you an idea, let's take a look at the following screenshot:

    This is an imported color scheme from, more specifically

    Now, how do you get one of those color schemes installed in SharpDevelop? You have to go to the Tools / Options dialog, Text Editor / Highlighting section:

    There you will find the "Import highlighting colors" button, that allows you to pick a highlighting definition - either one that was exported from SharpDevelop, or one that came from Visual Studio (as is the case with

    Please do note that if you have existing customizations, the import will warn you that those will be reset (otherwise you might end up with very interesting intersections of color schemes).

    Speaking of interesting effects: if you compare the first screenshot with the first listing on the page, you will notice differences such as the type coloring or the constructor (eg line 15). The reason for this is that sometimes VS supports more options, other times it is SharpDevelop - thus there can't be a perfect mapping when you import from a VS settings file. You might need to make slight adjustments in SharpDevelop after the import to get a perfect look.

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