Building on Windows
I'm keen to do some work in the MuseScore source. I've got decades of experience in C++, including a lot of experience profiling and optimising code for speed and memory access.
But I spent a day yesterday trying to even get anywhere near starting to build. Even the Qt install took literally hours. It was a complete waste of a day.
There's a huge hurdle for a Visual Studio developer to contribute to this project.
People's political / whatever views about MicroSoft aside, their IDE is an environment in which a developer can be very productive. I can't however be productive in MinGW, or Eclipse. I would rather contribute my time to MuseScore, rather than learning prehistoric tools I won't be using for anything else.
I'd also speculate that the majority of MuseScore users are on Windows.
I think it would benefit the project greatly if someone who knows how the build system works could put together a set of project files for Visual Studio, and streamline the process for visual studio developers to contribute.
This may be worth a poll, since it's hard to tell whether to care enough about Visual Studio developers or not. I'm only one guy after all.
But I seriously doubt I'm the only developer who has been effectively prevented from contributing to this project because of the build environment and requirements.