Get rid of W->A calls : help me help ?

Mike Hearn m.hearn at
Wed Aug 25 05:01:09 CDT 2004

Joris Huizer wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm thinking of trying to do some helpfull work on wine;


> I have the following problem,
> - I don't know where to start (I have never done stuff in wine or 
> another open source project) ; but I hope you have patience to guide me 
> into that (but I'm a informatica student, I like learning stuff like 
> htis ;) )

Well, you can do lots of things. You could sit down and try and make 
apps work, which is fun and rewarding but has a STEEP learning curve, or 
you can tackle the janitorial tasks (like you said), or you can hack on 
the tools we use like the debugger/test suite, or you can work on ease 
of use issues and desktop integration. There's a ton of things, really.

Most people hack on making particular applications they like work.

> - I don't know the details about Unicode functions;
> I think the W->A thing of the janitorial might be a great way to start 
> working in wine code; as it doesn't require too much overview about the 
> way wine does its work I think.. (and I don't yet have much of that 
> overview..)

I've started work about a week ago on a "Wine developer cheatsheet" that 
covers the basics like important debugging channels, how to use the 
debugger, some basic Win32 API guidance and so on. I'll publish it here 
in a week or two.

thanks -mike

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