[ODE] On the meaning of ODE stability (was some quick notes on 0; 6) ...
Jon Watte (ODE)
hplus-ode at mindcontrol.org
Fri Jun 23 10:45:07 MST 2006
Terry L. Triplett wrote:
> I'm in the unenviable position of supporting a binding to ODE from a
> higher level language (C# via P/Invoke) where static binding at
> compile time is *not an option*. Since binding happens at runtime, a
> shared library is the only reasonable option. The shared library
> needs to have a clearly identifiable version so that in the context of
> the wider system environment, the correct library is chosen, should an
> ambiguity exist.
The ambiguity is easy to resolve: pick the ode.dll that's in the same
directory as the application. No muss, no fuss, has worked since Windows 95.
If you need a unique, "strongly named" ODE assembly, then you can create
that library on your own by decorating the DLL you build, and adding the
appropriate manifest. Then users can choose to build a .msi that
installs it system-wide side-by-side, or however else they want. It's
more work for you, though.
Meanwhile, none of that needs to happen in ODE proper at all; it can all
be handled by the separate build/install scripts that are part of your
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