When comparing MonoDevelop vs B4X, the Slant community recommends B4X for most people. In the question“What are the best ways to make a cross-platform application?” B4X is ranked 2nd while MonoDevelop is ranked 7th.
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Pro Starting up this program doesn't take as long as starting Visual Studio windows 98
MonoDevelop is free to download and use.
Pro A very active forum where you can find any issue you have, and quick answers to new ones
Pro Live code swapping
A huge productivity boost when you can run your apps on the devices and make code changes real time without needing to recompile.
Pro A highly motivated program author who is very active in the forums
Erel Uziel is simply the most pro-active Soft-Creator/Forum Manager you will ever come across. If it has not yet been asked & answered, just ask and you will be answered withing minutes, and thanks to it being a trully international forum, this is achieved 24h/7d.
Pro Create easy, fast and with less code cross-platform views
B4XUI custom views are designed, by Erel and other forum members, exactly with this in mind; custom views that act and feel exactly the same no matter what platform you target.
Pro Very easy to use and powerful for IoT
Support for Bluetooth/BLE, MQTT, TCP/UDP, Serial, NFC, Websockets, HTTP/2 across platforms makes it the ideal tool for IoT projects.
Pro Powerful general purpose programming tool
As mentioned in its website, "With B4X, anyone who wants to, can develop real-world solutions."
Pro No complexities compared with other tools
No need to learn JAVA, C+, PHP, or any other complementary languages in order to achieve exactly what you need.
Pro Many informative video tutorials
The tutorials help beginners as well as more experienced programmers grasping important concepts.
Pro The best tool with the best service by Erel
Con No longer supported (deprecated since 2018)
Con Bad formatting
MonoDevelop doesn't offer much in terms of autocompletion and code formatting. Most of the time the automatic formatting that MonoDevelop does is annoying and not really compliant with C# guidelines.
Con The MonoDevelop version that ships with Unity is several versions behind
The version of MonoDevelop that ships with Unity is several versions behind the main MonoDevelop branch. It also gets updated very rarely so any annoying bugs that it may have take a lot of time to get fixed.