monkey patch

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Etymology[edit]

Apparently from earlier guerilla patch (code that sneakily changes other code), understood as gorilla patch. A monkey patch was then a more carefully written instance of such a patch.[1] Or simply derived from monkey (to mess with, verb).

Noun[edit]

monkey patch (plural monkey patches)

  1. (programming slang) A patch which alters the behaviour of a program by forcefully overriding aspects of the original code at runtime.

Verb[edit]

monkey patch (third-person singular simple present monkey patches, present participle monkey patching, simple past and past participle monkey patched)

  1. (programming slang) To alter the behaviour of a program by forcefully overriding aspects of the original code at runtime.
    • 2007, Philip C. Plumlee, Test Driven Ajax (on Rails):
      Even though that works with some browsers, others provide Anchor objects without click() methods. Add this magic code to your application.js, to Monkey Patch a JavaScript click() event:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander Limi; Shane Hathaway (December 23, 2005), “Monkey patch”, in Plone Foundation[1], archived from the original on 2008-06-04

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