This is a great one.
Like most developers, I like to test things. At the moment, using Chimp alongside Cucumber for writing end-to-end tests is pretty nice, in my opinion. We use it at my current workplace and it’s great. However, this looks like a recent interesting play from the Chimp crew.
Now for the fun stuff.
After installing Chimp on a new machine and going to execute it, I noticed something a little different to what I’m used to seeing when running command line utilities… see if you can spot it - you’ll need a keen eye.
Yep, you guessed it - advertising has infected your precious, pristine, pure terminal! Although I’m not sure how pure that hamburger terminal of mine is…
This took me by surprise. As far as I can recall, I don’t think I’ve seen links shoved in front of the user that lead to paid services.
Let me also say here that:
- I love Chimp.
- I think their developers do a great job.
- I’m not sure I think this is necessarily a bad thing.
It does leave me quite confused, though. Could we start to see this happening more often? We all use command line tools all the time - why not start putting things into our eyeline?
I tried Googling for examples of this but wasn’t able to find anything substantial. Maybe I am way behind the 8-ball on this one and it’s happened at scale before.
What sort of things could this lead to? Answer: I’m not too sure.
Let’s discuss this.