Re: [dev] surf rewrite for WebKit2GTK

From: Kartik Agaram <>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:59:08 -0700

> Am I alone? Is there any hope out there?

I'm working on this problem. I think the solution is white-box testing
from the ground up, so that software encodes not just the rules about
what to do but the specific scenarios that the programmer considered.
Because we only encode rules and not intentions we paint ourselves
into corners where it's always easier to add more layers of code than
it is to rework existing layers. But this is hard to do with the
existing stack, because unix was invented before we appreciated the
power of tests, and it makes it too hard to write tests for blocking
IO, or for the 'find' command, or for what happens when a program runs
out of memory or disk. What we need is a simple OS and a comprehensive
library of fakes
for all OS concepts. This is what I'm working on.
Received on Sat Oct 25 2014 - 20:59:08 CEST

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