[Mono-dev] [PATCH] Make DateTime binary compatible with .NET

Jonathan Pobst monkey at jpobst.com
Fri Nov 6 11:30:04 EST 2009

Jonathan Hseu wrote:
> And, in the long run, people will stop using older versions of Mono. 
>  But people will continue to use .NET, and this issue will come up over 
> and over again.

The long term fix would probably be add the code that allows the 
deserializer to *read* either method now to the current branches (2.4 
LTS, 2.6, and trunk).

At some point in the future (2.8? 3.0?), we could then change the writer 
to *write* the .Net way, and it would be backwards compatible with 
2.4.3+ as well as compatible with itself and .Net.

This way you would have to be using very different versions of Mono to 
hit the incompatibility (2.2 <-> 3.0).

In the mean time, you can write the .Net way using a environment 
variable like Gert suggested.  (MONO_STRICT_MS_COMPLIANT)


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