Provide C# and VB.NET IDE inside of Arcmap and ArcCatalog

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09-29-2011 08:20 AM
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KirkKuykendall
Regular Contributor
A lot of users are having difficulty making the jump from VBA to .NET.

Instead of requiring them to download Visual Studio and use add-ins, Esri should provide an option that is more similar to the good old VBA customization experience, leveraging codedom compiler. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.codedom.compiler.aspx

For the IDE, perhaps one similar to SharpDevelop, within desktop apps.
http://sharpdevelop.net/opensource/sd/

As with VBA, the code modules would travel with the document.  Unlike VBA, the same Arcmap singleton used in Add-ins would be provided.  This would make it easy to migrate .NET code from the document to the add-in at a later time.  I don't think storing code in mxt files is needed - make people use add-ins if they want to share customizations.

Basically, it would be an add-in that is stored within the document, is edited with something like sharpdevelop, and compiled with CodeDom.

Administrators should be able to configure a machine to either allow,alert, or deny running add-ins that are stored in documents.
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