[Mono-list] Determining the platform at compile and run time

A Rafael D Teixeira rafaelteixeirabr@hotmail.com
Sun, 02 Nov 2003 01:12:40 -0200

>From: Fergus Henderson <fjh@cs.mu.OZ.AU>
>On 31-Oct-2003, A Rafael D Teixeira <rafaelteixeirabr@hotmail.com> wrote:
> > I could use your try/catch solution, but I prefer to use "decisions
> > construed over known information" than "try/catch" for performance 
>If that's the only reason, then another alternative that does not use
>try/catch is to use reflection to see which interfaces are present.

Well in truth I dislike even more the mono runtime warning on loading 
something that binds to non-existent lib, that was my main motivation, have 
a solution that runs unmodified and silently in .NET (without any Mono libs) 
and in Mono.

>But basing the decision on minor performance issues like this seems like
>a bad reason anyway, since this try/catch or reflection code only needs
>to be executed at most once each time the program is run.  After that,
>the result can be cached in a variable.

True, but rolling back a bit I don't think that reflection can be used to 
ask for internalcalls and pinvokes (see if I load the library that pinvokes 
to use reflection on it, I would have warnings popping).

Anyway, thanks Fergus for your thoughts,

Best regards,

Rafael Teixeira
Brazilian Polymath
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