In complete truth, I had never seen SharpDevelop's online converter before I started this project. If your Google "convert C# to VB", SharpDevelop's converter does not show up in the first 5 pages of results. I think there are a lot of people who are simply unaware the SharpDevelop's service exists.
Now, granted, Code Converter is not yet in the top Google listings, but we're actively working on changing that.
Beyond that, Code Converter does a few things SharpDevelops does not:
- We enable you to convert code snippets
(On SharpDevelop's converter, you must enter code fully wrapped in methods and classes. We do some "magic" to try to convert your incomplete snippets with incomplete code.)
- We use Ajax for all conversions
- We enable the Tab key in the code entry box to make it easy to format code if you typing it in the browser
- We provide a very basic UI that does not clutter the conversion process
- We offer widgets with the same "magic" conversion support for convenient access to the service on your desktop
- We have a a dedicated forum for the converter :)
(SharpDevelop's forum is for all SharpDevelop issues)
This question reminded me that I need to blog about the difference between the major online converters, so I'll try to that this week. Hopefully you can see how we're trying to build on NRefactory (formerly SharpRefactory) and provide a superior experience.