[Mono-dev] Mono's DateTime not implement same interfaces as .NET

Zacman kriss.sonic at gmail.com
Thu Apr 23 09:19:25 EDT 2009

Again I think there are two different issues:
1. the API that classes must follow
2. serialization

The issue I point here is not related to how serialization works. It's a
matter of "if a program faces a CLR classes and the program's logic depend
on the classes' declaration (attributes, interfaces...), then mono classes
should implement the same declaration as .NET ones".

Actually, I came to this situation because the application I'm creating draw
a map of classes' relationships. And I discover that my graphical chart of
these relationships were different between Mono and .NET for DateTime...

Then, relatively to the bug you mentioned, what I suggest should have no
impact. Indeed it's quite easy to implement ISerializable without affecting
Mono behavior (GetObject and the deserialization constructor would simply
explicitly mimic what's implicitly done today)

Do you see what I want to achieve?

Robert Jordan wrote:
> Zacman wrote:
>> I saw that one, but that's two different subjects. I'm not speaking about
>> binary serialization or internal implementation, but about the public API
>> that classes should expose. Today the public API of the DateTime class
>> does
>> not match .NET one (and bug 325067 is rather about how it works
>> internally).
>> So DateTime could implement ISerializable the way it wants (either to
>> solve
>> the bug mentioned or even by doing nothing special to match current
>> behavior), but it should implement it, no?
> The bug mentions why ISerializable is of no use. You just have
> to go through the whole thread.
> Robert
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