Downloaded files from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8c09fd61-3f26-4555-ae17-3121b4f51d4d&displaylang=en 
 
Overview of Rotor http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms973879.aspx
 
Joined this Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft-shared-source-cli 
 
In the unzipped folder sscil20_20060311\sscil20 (further referred to as .)
  1. Read .\readfirst.html
  2. Read .\docs\map.html
    1. Browsed some of the mentioned directories
  3. Read .\docs\glossary.html
  4. Read .\license.txt
  5. Read .\docs\testing_overview.html
  6. Downloaded and installed ActivePerl 5.10.0 from www.activestate.com to c:\Program Files\Perl
  7. Read .\docs\buildtools\building_sscli.html
  8. Read .\env.bat
  9. Skimmed.\win.env.bat
  10. Skimmed env.core.pl
  11. Read about the DotGNU Project http://www.gnu.org/software/dotgnu/ 
  12. Tried building Rotor.  Error mc.exe is not recognized as an internal or external command.
  13. set path=%path%;C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\bin
  14. Skimmed http://www.ondotnet.com/pub/a/dotnet/2002/03/27/gettingstarted.html 
  15. fatal error RC1015: cannot open include file 'ntverp.h'.
    1. After running env.bat, set SDK_INC_PATH_BOOT=C:\PROGRA~1\MI2578~1\Windows\v5.0\Include
  16. fatal error U1073: don't know how to make 'C:\PROGRA~1\MID05A~1\VC\PlatformSDK\lib\kernel32.lib'
    1. set SDK_LIB_PATH=C:\PROGRA~1\MI2578~1\Windows\v6.0A\Lib
  17. Tried running .\tests\perl pvtrun.pl
  18. Fatal error C1083 cannot open include file: 'windows.h': No such file or directory
  19. .\samples\hello
    1. csc hello.cs
    2. clix hello.exe
  20. Modified Visual Studio 2005 install to include VIsual C++ 2005 and the C runtime libraries.
  21. .\tests\perl pvtrun.pl
  22. Downloaded and installed Debugging Tools version 6.11.1.402 from http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/devtools/debugging/installx86.mspx#a
  23. Read about the Portable Executable (PE) file format http://www.windowsitlibrary.com/Content/356/11/1.html
  24. Followed along the Draft SSCLI Internals book: http://blogs.tedneward.com/ct.ashx?id=50d89561-e424-4164-bbb5-31453121a0c0&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.tedneward.com%2ffiles%2fSSCLI2Internals-DRAFT.pdf 
    1. Note there are lots of errors in this draft.