I’ve finally released MonoDevelop.AddinMaker, making it easier than ever before to customize and add features to Xamarin Studio and MonoDevelop. This release has been stalled for a while due to factors beyond my control, and I’m very happy to be able to make it available at last. Thanks to Lluis for getting rid of the roadblocks!
This release improves the basic user experience by introducing the concept of “Addin References”. Instead of referencing an addin’s assemblies and explicitly adding a dependency on that addin, you can add an addin reference, which will automatically take care of both of these things for you.
However, the most important changes are below the surface. Switching to the MSBuild engine allows you to use custom MSBuild syntax to customize your build process, and enables command-line builds via MSBuild/xbuild. More importantly, it provides a solid foundation on which to build future improvements.