Not too long after the folks at the Symbian Foundation announced the release of the complete Symbian Platform codebase (or at least the parts that weren’t already open), I performed some of the searches that I typically perform on a newly-opened large codebase.
Some of the criteria that I searched for included:
- References to suppliers and competing organisations (e.g. Sony Ericsson, NTT DoCoMo, Apple and Microsoft)
- References to previous names of organisations (e.g. Psion and Symbian Software Ltd.)
- References to project/product internal/code-names (e.g. UIKON, AVKON, Crystal and Quartz)
- References to cancelled or previous project/product names, especially within a given context (e.g. “EPOC is“- which will locate a prehistoric marketing document extolling the virtues of the old EPOC32 platform that is a progenitor of the current Symbian Platform)
- References to projects/products that are related to, or derived from the codebase in some way (e.g. MOAP(S), Series 80 and UIQ)
- The terms “confidential” and/or “proprietary” in various combinations
…and just for kicks – profanity and intra-cultural references.
Which leads on to a little mystery:
According to a friend/contact at the Foundation, “Noddy wasn’t originally a cartoon character” – which makes sense, if a cursory glance at a Wikipedia disambiguation page; and passing familiarity with plush nodding dog ornaments in car windows is anything to go by.
Still, that doesn’t really explain who or what Noddy is in this context; or why Noddy was seemingly disliked by the folks involved in compiling the aforementioned test case files.