Re: License for Help Files and startup screen

From: Mysidia (
Date: 08/30/01

> if you want to avoid any licensing or copyright, it has to be a "clean"
> room rewrite.  which means not looking at the code.  at all.  not even as
> a reference.

  Preferably you would do even more than that.. you would implement
a different function to relieve any temptation -- ideally, you do
want to do it in a better way than what you're rewriting so you
aren't just wasting time.

Or you could just write the function with pencil and paper then transcribe
later :)

"Every program has at least one bug and can be shortened by at least one
 instruction -- from which, by induction, one can deduce that every
 program can be reduced to one instruction which doesn't work."

Suppsoe you were rewriting 'send_to_char'

You might instead name it 'ch_printf'

for example

int ch_printf(struct char_data *ch, const char *fmt, ...) {
    va_list ap;

     va_start(ap, fmt);

or you might name it  send_to_ch

void send_to_ch(struct char_data *, const char *stuff);

And one might make it automatically include the trailing \r\n while
they're at it! <chuckle>

It's a different story, however, if you're re-implementing a library
or working with a large program like circle, for example


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