[Mono-devel-list] User-defined explicit conversions and LDAP

Matt Ryan mryan at novell.com
Fri Sep 26 16:11:01 EDT 2003

I'm currently trying to coordinate existing open-source efforts for a C# LDAP implementation with those here at Novell such that there is a good class library for Mono and LDAP.

-Matt Ryan
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>>> Olof Härwell <olof.harwell at labs2.com> 9/26/2003 3:13:02 AM >>>
Hi All

New to the list and Mono in general I have two questions (that I got 
after starting to port my existing work to Mono):

How is the status/strategy regarding LDAP in Mono?
Should the Mono.Directory.LDAP be extended and continue to use external 
lib? Or should the Microsoft.DirectoryServices be implemented in a way 
that is doesn't use ADSI? One idea could maybe be to port the 
OpenLDAP/Novell JLDAP (http://www.openldap.org/jldap/) to c#. This would 
give use a framework that isn't dependent on any external libs. Any 

Also, I couldn't get the nice User-Defined explicit cast-feature to work 
  as it did in MS CLR. Is this feature not supported yet? (More info 
about it below)

User-Defined Conversions Tutorial

6.4.4 User-defined explicit conversions

This didn't work (wasn't called at all when it should):
public static implicit operator string(ConfigurationItem item)
	return item.Value;

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