Hack Fever

Got seasonal flu this week, forcing me home… Nothing better for some Gnash hacking !

I had this itch to scratch for degradation of experience in playing the wonderful Winterbells game.

It started in June when I realized that Gnash-0.8.8 could not start the game properly and was suspiciously slower than 0.8.7. In late July I put playback under profile and found out that the performance penalty was introduced by a compatibility fix (property name case in SWF up to 6).

So, with high temperature and kid at school, I resolved to do something about it: first I fixed the startup problem, then I created an objecturi git branch to proof-test caching of lowercase property keys as a mechanism to improve lookups.

Now it’s friday and flu is over, so I need to clean up and put the toys away.

Luckly, we are talking about free  (as in freedom) software, so it’s easy to find friends caring about the toys and happy to play togheter! So I had a chat with Ben resulting in a proper plan, and he agreed to go on playing some more and cleanup afterwards.

Ain’t Free software wonderful ?