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100 open source gems - part 1

May 19, 2009, 14:32 (0 Talkback[s])

"35. Gambatte
For many gamers, the Game Boy and Game Boy Colour handheld consoles are long dead. But our Mike Saunders was never one to care about that sort of thing - he already owns a Game Gear and a Virtual Boy, so going back to the olive and black of Game Boy isn't such a large leap. In fact, he's so close to class 8-bit mentality that he spent some time creating his own Game Boy game in Z80 assembly. This gave us the perfect excuse to mention Gambatte - it's a super-cool little Game Boy emulator that focuses on accurate emulation.

"32. Frescobaldi
For those of you with any interest in music, it's a cert that at some time or another you've decided to have a bash at your own composition projects. Mac and Windows users have long been spoiled by the excellent Sibelius application, and now we have the excellent Frescobaldi.

"This app combines the best of music notation with the best of geekiness, enabling you to code your own music and produce highly detailed scores, including multi-part and multi-instrumental orchestral works. All of it is down to the LilyPond notational system, which offers a markup language that's easy to pick up, extremely powerful and quick in use. Added into the mix is a handy utility to get your score set up, along with the requisite key and time signatures, and Frescobaldi quickly becomes a useful addition to any composer's arsenal."

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