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Game Face

By David Czarnecki
Sunday, January 19, 2014

“Game Face” will be our weekly round-up of our internal and external open source work here at Agora Games. Internal open source refers to our public projects that you can find over at our Agora Games GitHub account. External open source work refers to projects that we contribute to in off-hours and may or may not have anything to do with video games because we’re swell folks like that. Pretty simple right? Here goes…

We’re playing a bit of catch up since migrating our blog.


chai provides a very easy to use api for mocking/stubbing your python objects, patterned after the Mocha library for Ruby. A couple of important issues have been addressed in the 0.4.6 and 0.4.7 releases. As of 0.4.6, immediately after running a test, we teardown the stubs. This fixes any problems with exception handling, such as UnexpectedCall, when methods involved in exception handling, such as open, have been stubbed. In 0.4.7, we addressed a regression in 0.4.6, so that reporting on unmet expectations is correct.

Contributor(s): Aaron Westendorf (GitHub, Twitter) and Owen Smith (GitHub).


confirm-with-reveal is a replacement for window.confirm() using the Reveal modal popup plugin from Zurb Foundation. In the release we did on 2014-01-16, we made the jQuery plugin compatible with jQuery.noConflict();.

Contributor(s): Jack Letourneau (GitHub, Twitter)


stache is our Rails 3.x and Rails 4.x compatible Mustache/Handlebars Template Handler, with support for partials and a couple extra niceties to make sharing the raw templates with client-side javascript a little easier. As of stache 1.0.3, the library is now compatible with Rails 4.x and you can now access RSpec-assigned instance variables in view classes.

Contributor(s): Matthew Wilson (GitHub, Twitter) and kianw (GitHub).


torus is a service implementing the Carbon protocol to store time series data using kairos and an HTTP server to query and analyze the data. As of the 0.6.2 release, we’ve added support for SQL and Cassandra databases in schemas, added a tool for migrating data betwen schemas, fixed a significant performance issue in all endpoints, improved the “Quick Start” documentation, as well addressing a number of smaller issues. The CHANGELOG goes into more detail on the 0.6.0 through 0.6.2 releases.

Contributor(s): Aaron Westendorf (GitHub, Twitter)