Magento dev notes: conflicting extensions

Scenario: you've developed a magento extension, tested it on your development server for all these potential fringe cases, even brought in live customer data+code to test against... finally you deploy it to the live site, only to find that another (3rd party) extension uses the same dirty <rewrite>s as your code does.  Damn.

What a great occasion to learn all about resolving namespace conflicts in magento.  Here's my list of links:

This is really all you need to know:

If you don't know how to use your text editor, you might need to use this extension for help:

And finally, here's an excellent / slightly confounding exposé: