With the first release Delphi Prism now out the door and in the hands of the first users, lots of people a starting to chat, blog and write about Prism in public, and it’s great to see all the excitement and the usually positive feedback. It seems that a lot of people who never gave Oxygene a second thought are looking at Prism now, and liking what they are seeing.

So with everyone else and their uncle starting to cover “Prism 1.0”, i thought it might be n ice to start a new blog series that will take a closer look at the labs to see what’s brewing in terms of new features that will come in future updates of prism, instead.

First in line is a feature that’s hot of the presses (i’m seeing it fully functional myself for the first time, today) that has been very close to my heart ever since i requested it : a special Add References Pane for Mono.

This is just one more in many current (and future) features to make developing for Mono from inside Visual Studio easier. What happens is that if Prism detects that you’re working on a Mono project (my looking at the Framework Folder you have selected), it will expand the standard Add References dialog and show an extra page that gives you direct access to all the Mono dlls – from the standard system dlls to Mono-specific stuff such as Cocoa#, GTk#, Boo or the Mono.* dlls that extend the FCL.

Just a single click, and your Mono dlls are added to what we call the “shopping cart” area at the bottom (another Prism unique feature that makes adding multiple referneces in all project types much easier), ready to be added to your project: