Four days down. How time flies when you're having fun. I must admit that Sterling is barely past the point where it creates a panel applet that does nothing – but on the other hand, I've absorbed a bit of how-to on C# and Mono tools. It's rather pleasant so far.
Apart from the panel applet business, I've gotten the build framework for GConf schemas, gettext, icons and UI files out of the way, so I think it's fair to say it's getting ready to administer kicks to the proverbial hindside. I'll have a public Git repo up sometime tomorrow.
Hey, it's a start.