Mono 0.13

Release date: 26 Jul 2002


I have now released Mono version 0.13.


As usual there are two packages:

Runtime engine source code. Binaries for the compiler and class libraries.

Source code for the compiler and the class libraries.

Instructions for recompiling the compiler and the class libraries is included in mcs-0.13/INSTALL, thanks to Alp for authoring this doc.

Each one comes with its own regression tests. Instructions to compile are available on the web site. I can not currently update the web site, so I wont be able to update the instructions until I am back in Boston on Tuesday.


  • Self hosting news:

    There are many changes since the last version, the major one is that Mono can now compile its class libraries and we have been able to move our development to Linux (indeed, this release was done entirely in Linux without using Windows).

    The binaries included for the compiler and the class libraries are now compiled entirely by Mono.

  • New assembly: System.Web.Services

    Tim has started work on implementing the System.Web.Services assembly which is used by the ASP.NET Web Services support.

  • New marshalling engine

    Mono now uses a platform independent marshal code generation facility that simplifies the JIT porting process, and also has significantly improved the complexity of generating code that we had to generate dynamically.

    Dietmar has been working to make our Marshaling rock solid.

  • Fixes to System.Xml by Jason Diamond, Ajay Dwivedi, Piers Haken, Duncan Mak and Adam Treat. Jason and Piers committed code for System.Xml.XPath and System.Xml.Xsl.

  • Rafael Teixeira have been syncing up code for the VB compiler, while Chris Breisch added DateAndTime to the VB compiler.

  • Jeff Stedfast fixed threading code in mono/io-layer and made portability fixes as well.

  • Lawrence Pit contributes fixes for the DateTime and Timezone classes and tests.

  • Jonathan Pryor contributes classes for the System.Diagnostics namespace and also System.Configuration.Install.

  • Duncan added more classes for System.Runtime.Serialization.

  • Ajay finished most of System.Xml.Schema and System.Xml.Serialization.

  • Jesus Suarez contributed the SoapFormatter.

  • Bug fixes to the C# compiler.

    There have been many bug fixes to the compiler, we have rapidly fixed the existing bugs, specially those that were stopping us from self-hosting. A big thanks to Martin and Paolo for the work here.

  • Commit activity: 1,500 commits to the CVS repository since the last release (Jun 7th).

  • System.Web support

    Gonzalo has been fixing a lot of the pieces in System.Web to make it work. We demostrated this week at the O’Reilly conference the ASP.NET support in Mono (codenamed XSP).

    XSP will be released independently.

  • Reflection updates

    Paolo has updated reflection substantially to provide all the remaining bits required for self-hosting. Again, a lot of work.

    Executables generated by Mono now work on Windows.

  • Lots of testing improvements by Nick.

  • Windows.Forms stubbing

    The developers working on stubbing out Windows.Forms have now finished (Dennis Hayes, Jaak Simm, Richard Bauman, Stefan Warnke Jackson Harper, Paul Osman and Daniel Carrera).

  • Substantial improvements in the gtk# bindings by Mike Kestner and Rachel Hestilow. Now the bindings include gdk-pixbuf, libgnomeui and gtk-html (from the gnome-2-port branch). Testing done by Duncan Mak.

  • Paolo and Dietmar worked on System.Runtime.InteropServices.

  • Dick Porter updated the IO-layer code.

  • Rachel checked into a simple sample for wrapping Windows.Forms API with gtk# API.

  • John Barnette committed for for MonoDoc, making use of the System.Xml.Serialization code.

  • Sergey Chaban added thread-safe support to System.Collections.SortedList.

  • Fixes to the compiler by Andrew Birkett.

  • Tim Coleman contributed the OleDb provider for System.Data and started work on System.Web.Services.

  • Radek fixed a lot of problems on the PPC side.

  • Miguel and Martin committed the new type lookup system.

  • Dietmar rewrote the marshalling code.

  • Peter Williams and Martin contributed the new Makefiles, with help from Alp Toker as well.

Contributors to this release

  • Non-Ximian developers: Nick Drochak, Martin Baulig, Tim Coleman, Mike Kestner, Alp Toker, Jonathan Pryor, Jaime Anguiano, Piers Haken, Rafael Teixeira, Mark Crichton, Sergey Chabon, Ajay Kumar Dwivedi, Andrew Birkett, Dennis Hayes (SWF), Adam Treat, Johannes Roith and Lawrence Pit.

  • Ximian developers: Duncan, Ravi, Dick, Dietmar, Paolo, Gonzalo, Rachel, Radek, Rodrigo, Jeff, Peter Williams and Miguel.

Special thanks to Duncan for helping me put this release together.