[Mono-list] Some general advice for a newbie, please

Jonathan Pryor jonpryor@vt.edu
Fri, 31 Dec 2004 10:02:21 -0500

On Thu, 2004-12-30 at 23:52 +0000, Paul wrote:
> > System.Windows.Forms is not complete.  Not remotely complete.
> Actually, you're quite wrong there. In the development branch (and from
> the last discussed on there), it was somewhere near 86% done.

There's "complete" meaning "it works for me", and then there's
"complete" meaning "it's being distributed so that mere mortals can use
it."  Needing to run svn HEAD does *not* fulfill the latter definition,
and the latter likely won't be reached until Mono 1.2 is complete.

Meaning ~Q2/2005, unless you're willing to run the development branch
(which many are, but by no means all).

> > You're attempting to run the 2nd-generation System.Windows.Forms
> > implementation (Wine-based).  This has been discarded (it was too
> > complicated), and work is going on to implement a 3rd version.
> It was not too complicated at all. The problem was winelib was in
> constant flux, so it was akin to hitting a moving target all of the
> time.

I think this would qualify as "complicated."  As in "it's too
complicated to easily reproduce this for mere mortals unless we ship our
own version of winelib.exe.so, which will generate lots of complaints
form users asking why they can't use their existing wine installation
(or Crossover Office)."

 - Jon