Sunday, March 6, 2011

Open Sourcing Sneffel

I've decided to open source Sneffel and other projects.

I started web development in 2001 with an open source browser based strategy game called Solar Empire. The player community was generally excited by my work, as I brought some energy into a long-stalled development process. Except I didn't. I kept all my contributions to myself on my own server. I was 11 years old and was too embarrassed to have these "real" software developers look at and criticize my code.

What a shame. I missed a great opportunity to learn from others. Since then I've worked within various teams, but still largely stick to the habit of programming alone in a box. (This isn't 100% bad. Even at Universal, I spend time doing "exploratory" programming in Scheme.) So in an attempt to rectify years' worth of bad habits, I've decided to start open-sourcing my projects. All of them.

I create a github account (github rocks! I can't believe its taken me this long to sign up!) and am open sourcing my major personal projects. I expect to open source any future personal projects.

I know for the most part no one will care and no one will look at my code anyway. But there's always the chance someone will take a peek and want to contribute. And I'm sure I could learn a lot from said person. At the very least, the thought that someone else may be combing through my code will force me to write better.

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