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SharpDevelop 4.0 Beta 2

1) Release Information

Our annual developer days ended this Wednesday, and as promised in the Beta 1 release announcement[1], Beta 2 is available as of now.
[1] http://community.sharpdevelop.net/forums/t/11388.aspx

The following blog posts describe what’s new and changed in Beta 2:
* New productivity features in Beta 2
http://community.sharpdevelop.net/blogs/martinkonicek/archive/2010/08/01/resharper-for-sharpdevelop-new-features.aspx
* VB.NET – New Features
http://community.sharpdevelop.net/blogs/siegfried_pammer/archive/2010/07/31/vb-net-new-features.aspx
* WPF Designer – New Features
http://community.sharpdevelop.net/blogs/kumardevvrat/archive/2010/07/31/wpf-designer-new-features.aspx
* Unit Testing with IronRuby
http://community.sharpdevelop.net/blogs/mattward/archive/2010/07/15/UnitTestingWithIronRuby.aspx

Before entering the RC stage, we will deliver a Beta 3 of SharpDevelop 4.0. The planned timeframe is end of September.

Changes between Beta 1 and Beta 2:
* Merged WPF Designer branch (Gsoc project)
* Merged VB.NET branch (Gsoc project)
* More refactorings, new UI for refactoring (Gsoc project)
* Merged SharpDevelop Reports branch (was shipping in 3.2 but not Beta 1)
* AvalonEdit performance optimizations
* Support for new dynamic debugging features in .NET 4.0
* Support for Ruby's unit testing framework
* Code coverage addin is working again
* Using Data addin for building SQL queries in SDR
* Updated IronRuby to version 1.1
* Update NUnit to version 2.5.7
* Upgrade to AvalonDock 1.3.3571
* Restructured AddIns folder
* Component Inspector addin is now a sample
* IL binding is now a sample
* Remove support for Compact Framework

2) Downloads

SharpDevelop 4.0 Beta 2:
http://www.icsharpcode.net/OpenSource/SD/Download/#SharpDevelop4x

SharpDevelop 4.0 is built against .NET Framework 4.0 Full – you must install it first.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0a391abd-25c1-4fc0-919f-b21f31ab88b7&displaylang=en

Please note that .NET 3.5 SP1 [2] is required too, and the Windows SDK [3] is strongly recommended.
[2] http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ab99342f-5d1a-413d-8319-81da479ab0d7&displaylang=en
[3] http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6b6c21d2-2006-4afa-9702-529fa782d63b&displaylang=en

SharpDevelop can take advantage of the following software if you install it:
Microsoft StyleCop
http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/sourceanalysis

TortoiseSVN (Source Control)
http://tortoisesvn.net/

3) Support

Our primary means of support is via our Web-based forum (please do not email team members directly unless they advise you to do so in the forum):

http://community.sharpdevelop.net/forums/

Posted by Christoph Wille 2010-08-01