[Mono-dev] Class status pages are empty

Miguel de Icaza miguel at novell.com
Sun Sep 21 14:30:28 EDT 2008


> Perhaps some members of the Mono team use gui-compare, but I think end-users
> / third-party developers appreciate an easy way to consult the API
> compatibility level of certain types/members.
> The only painful part of the online class status pages (that I see) is that
> the masterinfo files are not automatically updated (after changes to
> mono-api-info). This could be scheduled as part of the win32 buildbot
> though.

Well, the masterinfo files are really static.   Every time there is a
new release, someone goes scavenging for all the files, and runs
mono-api-info on the given assemblies and then we version the result.

The actual masterinfos that we have are all listed in
mono-tools/gui-compare/InfoManager.cs.  Just grep for "Uri" there.

So its merely an issue of fixing the build, and running more
mono-api-diffs and generate more web pages for each of the profiles we
want to compare.   I think those should be:

	3.5 SP1

On a side note: the generation of the masterinfo files is less that
stellar.  We have used a mix of the Reflection-based tools, and the
Cecil tools to extract the information, and they are *slightly*

In the last batch (done for 3.5SP1) I used the Cecil tools for half the
assemblies (those that lived under Windows/) and reflection ones for the
ones that live under "Reference Assemblies" because the Cecil ones
required an assembly resolver that did not work.

So the result is mixed.

> Does gui-compare use the same "masterinfo" input files (for .NET) as
> corcompare?


> Gert
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> Icaza
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> Subject: Re: [Mono-dev] Class status pages are empty
> Hello,
> > What was the reason for discontinuing the (online) class status pages?
> We never really discontinued it, at least in my case, I stopped caring. 
> They were just difficult to maintain, and doing quick changes were not
> reflected quickly (we had to wait a few hours for either the process to
> run, or setup a local system which was never well documented and was
> messy). 
> Chris Toshok wrote gui-compare, which was very useful to quickly iterate
> over an API and have since then barely used the Web UI.  I am not sure
> if others have done it, but I think some of us just stopped using it.
> I agree that a web version has a lot of value, and would love to keep it
> around, but in its current form its painful to deal with.   The other
> bit that is important to point out is that it has not been upgraded to
> deal with the various new profiles, that is something that would have to
> be done as well.
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