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I'm holding a Project Rider EAP

Daj się poznać

I planned for the next post in the “Daj się poznać” series to be about my Ubuntu environment setup but something pretty amazing happened to me yesterday evening - I got access to an EAP of Project Rider. So this is an impromptu post which fits very well into the “Daj się poznać” series and the post which I had planned about my Ubuntu environment setup will follow next week.

I had hoped to get access to an EAP version of Project Rider and it happened yesterday at about 9pm when I opened my mailbox and saw an email from JetBrains. I received links to download Project Rider. I felt like a child who just got a gift from Santa Claus. I’ve wanted to have IDE for .NET from JetBrains for so long, I can’t even remember the first time the idea crossed my mind. I am using ReSharper but it’s not the same and I wanted to have a “native feeling” of JetBrains’ IDEs. Let’s look at my first impression about Project Rider.

I chose install rider on Ubuntu so I downloaded the version for Linux. I unpacked the downloaded archive into a convenient location. I opened console (CTRL+SHIFT+T) and then I typed in console


After a short while I saw this window

Project Rider import settings I chose not to import my settings. And the process of customizing the Rider began.

On the first screen I selected a UI theme.

Project Rider select UI Theme

The next window prompted me to select a keymap. Because I am really familiar with shortcuts from Intellij IDEA I chose this keymap. By the way, I was pleasantly surprised that the Visual Studio Keymap was a choice.

Project Rider select Keymap

On the next screen I was asked to choose whether I want to have a desktop entry for Project Rider or not.

Project Rider desktop entry

Then I could decide whether I wanted to have a Launcher Script and where it should be.

Project Rider Launcher Script

On the next window

I found a couple of useful links to Getting Started help, to Rider Issue Tracker and to Known Issues.

Project Rider EAP

After I clicked Start using Rider, I was prompted to insert my password in a dialog window and then I saw the Welcome screen of Rider

Project Rider Welcome Screen

You may wonder what this yellow strip at the bottom means. You can read about it in this link. It’s a known issue in JetBrains products on Ubuntu and how to deal with it is also written in this link.

I must honestly say that everything was okay during the installation and this was a big plus.

After installation, I quickly created my first console application: I clicked New Project on Welcome screen and I saw this window

Project Rider New Project

I chose Console Application.

On the next screen I entered the project name and solution name.

Project Rider Project Name

After this, I wrote some code

using System;

namespace ConsoleApplication
  class Program
    static void Main(string[] args)
      Console.WriteLine("Is it real?");

and pressed SHIFT+F10 and can you guess what happened? At the bottom of IDE I saw this output

Project Rider First Program Output

So until now everything was perfect. I started playing with a web project and this time it wasn’t so good. There is no template to create this type of project. I created one using Yeoman aspnet generator (I’ll write about this in a future post). But I couldn’t open it in Project Rider because the project created by this generator doesn’t contain .sln and .csproj files and apparently Rider requires these type of files in order to see files in solution. I created an issue about this in JetBrains youtrack and you can follow it at this link.

I found out in this post that CoreCLR support is coming so I must be patient. I hope that Rider will have better support for ASP .NET Core applications because now it doesn’t have this. Currently, it doesn’t even support Views. I created another issue about this. You can check it here.

Finally, I am so happy and excited that JetBrains created Rider but I must wait for a while until it gets better support for CoreCLR and ASP .NET Core. During this time, I’ll be using Visual Studio Code on Linux and Visual Studio with ReSharper on Windows. Again, great job to JetBrains! I am sure that I’m not the only one waiting for more.

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