Microsoft is hosting an event for two days of fleshing out the design and hashing out some implementation plans for the whole Common Opensource Application Publishing Platform (CoApp) stack, along with looking at the mechanics of publishing. Thursday May 13 and Friday May 14 All day, start around 8am, at Microsoft’s Campus in Redmond or possibly downtown Bellevue. If you’re local to Seattle/Redmond, great! “The biggest challenge to using/building/maintaining many Open Source apps on Windows, is that Windows does a lot of things differently than Linux and Unix. Different filesystems, command lines, APIs, user experiences … well, pretty much everything. Regardless of personal opinions about it being the ‘right-way’ or ‘wrong-way’, it suffices to say that it is just simply different. In order to build an Open Source app like PHP for Windows from scratch, I need to have a collection of libraries created from a fair number of different projects. This creates a dependency between the code that I’m working on—PHP—and the project that supplies the library that I need. It’s pretty important that I not simply rely upon a previously compiled version of the library (provided either by the project itself, or a third party) for a number of reasons,” writes Garrett Serack.
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