Simple software things that are actually very complicated

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  • ardour

    Mirror of Ardour Source Code

    I found it amusing to read this, given that in the context of Ardour (0) we still have the long term stretch goal of replacing GTK with an expansion of our home-grown canvas-based widget system. There are 5 widgets missing, one of them is the text entry. The description in TFA regarding doing this in the context of an HTML canvas element is more less identical to the issues that exist for a native re-implementation, and there's consequently a similar high pressure rationale for giving up on the idea.

    (0) https://ardour.org/

  • go

    The Go programming language

    Or, Go issue #4594, "add a Round function [to Go]"[1]. Go maintainer Ross Cox "it's a one liner" and suggests … a buggy implementation. There are a total of no less that 6 different implementations in the issue, and every single one of them is buggy. The bug is closed, the function is "too simple" to add. Thankfully, the wound gets reopened nearly a half-decade later in #20100. Another buggy implementation is suggested in that thread, and thankfully, Go gets a round function. (A non-buggy one … I think.)

    [1]: https://github.com/golang/go/issues/4594

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