I am totally stoked that JetBrains is writting an IDE for C#. If you make
this thing open and extendable I think it could be a VS.NET killer. One
thing I WISH Microsoft would do but they never have and never will is to
start an open sourced set of GUI components for Windows Forms. They have
some for ASP.NET webforms but still kind of weak.
Anyhow there are HUGE deficiencies in the current winforms controls (as you
know)... they don't follow the MVC pattern so there are hacks and kludges to
do real databinding and really they are just a wrapper around win32 crap.
It would GREAT if your new IDE has some great useable controls, Docking
controls, a WORKING DataGrid, a WORKING Combobox that doesn't have to be
HACKED to get databinding to work. I don't really care too much about
super duper RAD designer support I just want really well designed widgets
that I can use. It would be great if it were open source because people
would flock to an open developer platform (like Eclipse) for .NET.
Anyhow I know this is probably way out of scope but it's still one of those
dreams I have that .NET will blossum into an open platform that isn't all
about dragging and dropping into a whiz bang designer.
Maybe VS.NET / Avalon will fix all my woes but for some reason I think not.
They can't even provide me a decent DateTimePicker in 2005!