IDEA#.NET is coming...

This was posted on the forums today:

EAP of VS.NET plugin is planned for February 10.

Valentin Kipiatkov
Chief Scientist, Vice President of Product Development
JetBrains, Inc
"Develop with pleasure!"
I hate to hype this up too much as the first early access release is bound to have its share of bugs, but I am really looking forward to this plugin. For all you .NET'ies that have never experienced the joy of IntelliJ and for all you PDC'ers that have been impressed by Whidbey's templates and refactoring support: you've got to check this out.

I really like the way IntelliJ is running their Early Access Programs. It's open for anyone and you get free downloads and license keys during the beta program. Ideally, you will provide them with bug-reports and feature-requests in return but you're under no obligation to do so. The only "downside" is that as these EAPs go on, you tend to get more and more hooked on the feature set, up to where you won't want to do without it anymore when they go live. At that point, it won't be free anymore of course. I don't think they have set a price yet but judging by IDEA, I would expect it to be very reasonable and most definitely worth it.

UPDATE: Valentin posted another entry in that thread:

It's a plugin that adds part of IDEA functionality to VS.NET and work with C# language. Later we'll make a standalone IDE with much richer functionality.
Watch out, Microsoft!

UPDATE2: In true Microsoft style, they did not live up to their self-imposed deadline, but the initial beta of resharper has just been released. Get it at (thx Jason).

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Now where's the damn MonoDevelop plugin! Oh, I guess MonoDevelop has to be released first. Shit.

Posted by Jason at January 30, 2004 1:05 PM

well yes, there's that...

but more importantly, you have to wonder whether people who are too cheap to buy a real OS would be willing to pay for an IDE :-)

Posted by Luke Hutteman at January 30, 2004 2:04 PM

IDEA#.NET is coming...

Trackback from Stefan Demetz at February 1, 2004 6:21 PM

IDEA#.Net is coming

Trackback from at February 2, 2004 6:42 AM

Um... Shouldn't it be called "Idea sharp" just doesn't have the same ring as "sharp Idea".....

Posted by James Curran at February 2, 2004 11:25 AM

James: I don't know what they'll actually end up calling the product, but I agree that sharp idea does sounds better than IDEA#.

Posted by Luke Hutteman at February 2, 2004 12:08 PM

I have noticed some posts in the newsgroup microsoft.private.vsip.general from guys in Intellij last year. For detail info about VSIP, see

Posted by Commentor at February 4, 2004 7:59 PM

It's past 10th Feb already, I'm eagerly awaits the this plugin release. Still no news from Jetbrains camp :(

Posted by James Wang at February 10, 2004 9:16 PM

This was posted today in the intellij forums:

> Is the plug-in EAP coming out today or is it delayed? Been counting the days......

I think not today but likely to be out this week.

Valentin Kipiatkov

Be patient...

Posted by Luke Hutteman at February 10, 2004 10:38 PM

Posted on the forum today:

> Today is tomorrow. Is it coming out today?


Valentin Kipiatkov

Posted by Jason at February 13, 2004 1:26 PM

The wait is over.


Posted by Jason at February 13, 2004 3:00 PM

I get a 404 on that URL...


Posted by Bryant at February 13, 2004 4:28 PM
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