I was wondering if there is an alternative for Visual Studio. My PC isn't the best, so Visual Studio takes a lot of time to start/load etc.

Mainly I would like to use C#

Is there any alternatives for Windows?

(Any price range)

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    What features do you need? What language(s) do you need it to support? May 27, 2014 at 5:52
  • Mainly I would like to use C# May 27, 2014 at 5:53
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    Honestly, if loading time is your concern, you should consider to spend some money into better hardware.
    – Doc Brown
    May 27, 2014 at 15:11
  • I agree, buy an SSD and have at least 8 GB RAM. VS 2010+ runs very well, I doubt that you will find a faster C# IDE. Mono/Xamarin studio is faster, but it doesn't have all of the features. If you don't need many features and value speed, you can try a plain text editor, like Notepad++ (with plugins for C# development), or Sublime Text, and use a compiler with them, although I wouldn't recommend that.
    – RaidenF
    Dec 24, 2015 at 9:46

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It's worth noting that MonoDevelop is usually used for developing mono/C# which excludes WPF.

I've no experience regarding SharpDevelop but heard nothing bad about it.

Regarding launch time: In my opinion MonoDevelop is faster than VisualStudio, but only because I've 0 extensions in MonoDevelop.

You could probably take a look at how many extensions you currently have installed and remove some. Or shrink your projects. At least in my experience, a big project is worse than multiple small projects when it comes to loading times.

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