Well, I think you are still deserving of feeling achievement! I’m sorry for not acknowledging that. And take heart, building the new libraries isn’t as hard, unless you’re on ARM, ahem, @Ross (I’ll be in trouble now) and once you’ve done one the others are more straight forward.
[I’m sorry @Ross, you are my hero really. If I can help by all means throw a task at me, though I reserve the right to stare back blankly and say, “eh?”]
Back to building the libs… If it helps, I’ll commit to helping you when you get stuck, but if you prefer to wait for the installers which will make it real easy for everyone, no problem.
I know what you mean by being lost around the codebase, there’s very little in the way of comment in the code for me, but with Rust even this is improving as the documentation, and tests, and examples, are all being created automatically from the same source files. The github readmes have also been made more informative with well maintained to-do lists for each library, and it’s also possible to follow individual libraries more closely by watching the changes in github and Jira.
I have started to make headway here too, and even managed to submit a pull request in which I had added a comment (just graffiti, but I documented the process on the forum so anyone should be able to join in with code changes by following what I did).
There’s still a lot to get your head around to get set up with Rust (editor, syntax highlighting, Rust syntax, Rust std libraries etc), but I’ve done much leg work so can point you in the right direction, help sort out snags etc.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help in this forum. That is one of its most important functions. If people don’t respond, it’s just cos those with the knowledge are busy, not because it’s inappropriate. Before you know it though, you’ll be the one with knowledge and helping others :). I needed a lot of help from the MaidSafe team and community, most of it on here.
I suggest you start with one of the tutorial links I posted if you fancy having a try.