[Mono-list] some questions?
Tue, 31 Jul 2001 10:17:11 +1000
On 30-Jul-2001, Adam Treat <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> --- Fergus Henderson <email@example.com> wrote:
> > There are different levels of interoperability.
> > (a) just generate IL
> > (b) be a CLS "consumer"
> > (c) be a CLS "extender"
> > (d) be able to produce components with *any* CLS-compliant
> > component interface.
> > (e) consume CodeDom trees.
> > (f) produce CodeDom trees.
> > (g) generate *verifiable* IL
I forgot one:
(h) integrate into Visual Studio
This can be further decomposed into different levels
of integration into VS:
- basic makefile support (building and executing programs)
- support for parsing error message
- syntax highlighting
- debugger line number support
- etc. etc.
> > So when you hear all the hype about how language XYZ is a
> > ".NET language", make sure you ask which of these different
> > things are supported.
> Well I can't say that I understand all that you are saying but I do
> understand that "the magic" is there somewhere and that the common
> language runtime is much more complicated than I had thought.
> I was under the impression that a language could be dropped into .NET
> without significant modification. I see that is not the case.
I think this is a case where Henderson's law applies:
Henderson's law: it's always more complicated than you think,
even if you take into account Henderson's law.
(With apologies to Hofstadter ;-)
Fergus Henderson <firstname.lastname@example.org> | "I have always known that the pursuit
The University of Melbourne | of excellence is a lethal habit"
WWW: <http://www.cs.mu.oz.au/~fjh> | -- the last words of T. S. Garp.