[Gtk-sharp-list] GTK# 3.0 Assistance

Mike Kestner mkestner at gmail.com
Tue Aug 23 19:01:18 EDT 2011

Hi Gabe,

On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 2:03 PM, Gabe McArthur <madeonamac at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm fine with getting rid of the perl and porting it all to .net. Any
> chance I could  use F# for some of the heavy lifting? I don't want to be a
> dick (warning: about to be a dick) but the less time I spent working through
> templating and asset zipping and calling external tools from msbuild, the
> happier I (and hopefully everyone else) will be. I'm extremely comfortable
> in ruby, but I can get everything to run from  1 msbuild command, all under
> .net.
Just to reiterate/clarify my last post, there's no perl worth "getting rid
of" now, at least not by converting the existing perl to C# or F# or

gtk-sharp is all C# at this point except the gapi parser.  The parser is
pending deprecation by a replacement that converts gir to gapi xml instead
of starting from raw C sources.  The fixer, generator, generated code, and
customizations are all C#.  So no, I don't think it makes sense to introduce
any additional languages to the picture.  We are trying to remove one with
the parser.

I'm not sure the msbuild/xbuild stuff is really ripe to be done until we
figure out how to get rid of the glue, but if someone were to implement
MSBuild extensions for gapi-fixup.exe and gapi-codegen.exe in C# and update
the current make to use those via csproj files, I would be inclined to
accept that patch.  That seems like a good first step toward a gtk-sharp.sln
build system.

The current make is basically:

Fixup the raw api.xml with gapi-fixup and metadata.
Generate that marked-up XML to C#.
Compile Assembly from generated and custom C# code.

I would also like to know there's an easy path to creating the policy
assemblies for a 3.x backward-compatible release line using xbuild/msbuild
probably before we go too far down the path.

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