From the desk(top) of the editor-in-chief:
Recently we published a piece by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis about his undertaking to prove that getaddrinfo was thread-safe on OS X, thus enabling Python to do away with an unnecessary and troublesome mutex around hostname resolution. The convolutions of tracking down that evidence, and the shroud of secrecy involved in all correspondence with Apple, inspired us to render the piece in a whimsical, high-fantasy style. It was called “The Saga of Concurrent DNS in Python, and the Defeat of the Wicked Mutex Troll”
It seems the unconventional style has inspired a couple of dramatic readings, which we’re just thrilled about. We’d love to share them with you.
On BSD Now, host Allan Jude and his guest Kris Moore read some excerpts in episode 172, “A tale of yore”. He really gets the tone across and his delight is palpable. At minute 17, they throw down a challenge: “Someone should do a dramatic reading of this whole story.”
That challenge was taken up by Mason Egger, who created his YouTube channel BSD Synergy to serve those not yet ready for the firehose of insider expertise that is BSD Now. He was so tickled with what he heard on BSD Now that he read the entire thing for BSD Synergy episode 20, against a backdrop of images that set the scene beautifully.
Allan, Mason, thank you both for bringing our work to life!
We cannot confirm any rumors that we are in talks with Peter Jackson to do a motion picture adaptation of this story.