links for 2009-06-01

  • Cog is a code generation tool. It lets you use pieces of Python code as generators in your source files to generate whatever code you need.
  • Lingon is a graphical user interface for creating and editing launchd configuration files for Mac OS X Leopard 10.5. You can use launchd on a Mac to launch scripts and applications whenever something special happens or at a specific time or periodically. You get all launchd configuration files in a list to the left so you can easily see all and choose which one to edit.
  • Mapstraction is a library which provides a common API for several disparate JavaScript mapping APIs, including those from Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft, to enable switching from one to another as smoothly as possible. The aim of Mapstraction is mainly to protect companies building commercial products on top of Google Maps from changes to terms and conditions, the introduction of ads, or the emergence of a competing library with better maps, different imagery or preferable licensing terms. Initial development of Mapstraction was made possible with the generous support of Nestoria.

    Mapstraction additionally fills some holes in each provider's current offerings (taking advantage of existing open source solutions where possible) to normalise the feature set across platforms. In the future, Mapstraction will also talk to OpenStreetMap for people who want to build maps without restrictions on derived works.