Friday, December 10, 2010

Day 3.334: Guitar-typing

One of the things I get paid to do is to write computer software and one of the languages I use is Python. In Python, there is a concept called 'duck-typing.' It isn't anything to do with how you use a keyboard, but rather it is about finding out what type of thing something is by seeing how it behaves. "If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck - it's a duck*"

So, is this a guitar? Well, it looks like a guitar, I can play it like a guitar, I can even make it sound like a guitar...but no it is NOT a guitar. It's a Rock Band 3 Pro-Guitar controller and it is mind-bendingly fiendish but lots of fun - especially to an old guitarist like me.

* or as real pythonistas will tell you "If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck - I can treat it as a duck!"

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