It’s been a while since I posted something here, and I’ll tell you who to blame: Unreal Voodoo. They’ve created Frets on Fire, an awesome clone of Guitar Hero.
The Mac OS X version
The Mac OS X version is known to be buggy, especially on PPC machines.
Frets on Fire FAQ
There is a Mac OS X version, but it’s very experimental. So experimental that the newest release doesn’t even start without some hacking.
More songs, please
In other news
And now to something completely different: WebKit scores 91% on Acid3. Unless the Opera-guys are doing something amazing, WebKit is going to be the first engine to pass the test.
Gecko, the engine behind Fx, have now passed 70%, but the devs have explicitly said that some bugs won’t be fixed until Gecko 2. So I’m putting my money on WebKit!
Oh, and monkeypatching isn’t destroying Ruby
Avdi Grimm claimed that Monkeypatching is Destroying Ruby. I have to agree with him: Monkey-patching is over-used and often unnecessary, but that doesn’t mean it’s destroying Ruby.
His first example (UnitRecord vs NullDB) simply shows that in this situation, there was another way to solve it. Sometimes you don’t have any other solutions than monkey-patching or patching the source. I’ll definitely prefer monkey-patching over
patch -p1 < fixing-stuff.patch.
The second example (when
Class.inherited was overwritten) is just because they used a poorly documented plugin. Every piece of Ruby-code should document what methods they’ve monkey-patched.
It’s also important to remember that Emacs was built for extensions. Therefor they included an easy way to extend Emacs. It would be perfectly possible with Ruby too. I think I’ll have to repeat me: Sometimes you don’t have any other solutions than monkey-patching or patching the source. Sometimes the library/program isn’t as extensible as you want. That’s when it’s great with monkey-patching.
Sometimes they feel like the best solution, even though there are better ways to do it. That’s when you should stand up and say: “Hey, I see what you did there, but this is a much better solution”. It’s called open-source and everyone can contribute!
- 1 I should definitely buy a USB-keyboard