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Compilers: did anyone try SharpDevelop?

Nov 15, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Hi people,

My little presentation: I'm vespadj, 27 Italy, a green developer, I know asp, html, lua, js, vb-for-application.
I wrote a good script for vstlua (discontinued) called "midiLooper_multichannel" a complete midi tool for live performance.

I'm trying to understand if I can develop directly a roboust vst to instead of my lua script.

my question:

1. Did any one already try SharpDevelop?
It's a free .net compiler for .NET and C#, lighter and easy.

during compile retorn an error in coping of file: copy

I think the problem is in the string of PostBuildEvent (Jacobi.Vst.Samples.MidiNoteMapper.csproj)

I just install VS2010 Express but I have some problem during conversion of prj.

2. What compilers (and version) do you usually use?

thanks, vespadj

Nov 15, 2010 at 5:08 PM

first day with SharpDevelop.

I try to open Jacobi.Vst.Samples.MidiNoteMapper.csproj.

copying jacobi.core and framework to GAC, set reference, change PostBuildEvent string with:


copy "$(TargetPath)" "$(SolutionDir)bin\Debug\$(TargetName).net.vstdll"
copy "$(SolutionDir)bin\Debug\Jacobi.Vst.Interop.dll" "$(SolutionDir)bin\Debug\$(TargetName)$(TargetExt)"

Now  rebuild works without error or warning,

but I can load the generated Jacobi.Vst.Samples.MidiNoteMapper.dll only on Jacobi.Vst.Samples.Host.exe and not on vsthost.

any suggest?

thank, vespadj

Nov 16, 2010 at 6:18 AM

Do you receive an error? What is the error?

What host do you use to load the plugin?

Nov 16, 2010 at 7:41 AM

None error or warning,

Jacobi.Vst.Samples.Host.exe load it ok, other host can not load vst (vsthost, mu.lab, energtXT demo).

What is the sample you suggest start to compile to test settings ?

thanks, vespadj

Nov 17, 2010 at 8:14 AM
Edited Nov 17, 2010 at 8:18 AM

OK! Now I can correctly compile with the IDE SharpDevelop  3.2.1 (freeware).


  1. copy to GAC files: Jacobi.Vst.Core.dll , Jacobi.Vst.Framework.dll
  2. open Sample on ShapDevelop, delete reference Jacobi.Vst.Core.dll , Jacobi.Vst.Framework.dll and re-add them as GAC reference
  3. copy Jacobi.Vst.Interop.* files to <sample dir>\bin\debug\
  4. open Property prj and edit PostBuildEvent with vadid path of your system:
    • copy "$(TargetPath)" "$(SolutionDir)bin\Debug\$(TargetName).net.vstdll"
    • copy "$(SolutionDir)bin\Debug\Jacobi.Vst.Interop.dll" "$(SolutionDir)bin\Debug\$(TargetName)$(TargetExt)"
  5. Re-Build solution
  6. See error: if there are cycling references, delete it from References and re-build
  7. Test vst on vsthost

Tested on Vista sp2 32bit all framework installed (2 to 4), VC++ redistribuitable 2005, 2008