Tuesday, July 18, 2006

"Pry-open source"

I think we all get stressed from time to time working on open source projects. "Why did they break the libs my app depends upon?" "I can't seem to convince the xyz team that they're making a mistake." "Why can't I get concensus on issue abc?" "I can't get any help from the 123 guys." etc. At times like these, it can be helpful to see how the other half lives in the closed source world.

Take a look at this hack for instance.

The article is well written, and the solution quite elegant, given the constraints the programmer is dealing with. But oh the pain! All so he can change one constant!

My heart goes out to him and other closed source developers. But I turn back to my KDE work and feel much better.