> Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 15:13:01 +0200
> From: "Erik Moeller" <[hidden email]>
> Subject: [Foundation-l] Proposal: LiteratePrograms.org as Wikimedia
> I would like to propose (as a community member) that
> http://en.literateprograms.org/ >
> be merged into the Wikimedia Foundation family of projects. I have
> spoken with the founder of LiteratePrograms, Derrick Coetzee, and he
> would agree to such a merger.
> LP documents computer program source code with in-line explanations
> beyond simple source comments. Using a special extension, all code
> belonging to an example program can be downloaded as a package with
> ease. It is, in my opinion, ideally positioned to become a wonderful
> learning resource for budding programmers in any programming language.
> The structure of LP is fundamentally different from any existing
> Wikimedia project. Yet, it is an educational project with great value.
> LP currently uses the MIT/X11 license, which is similar to CC-BY, but
> more suitable for source code; I believe this makes sense as these
> snippets are typically so small that they should not be encumbered
> further with copyleft.
> WMF would be able to give the project sustainable hosting and exposure
> to a vast community. What do you think? If there is no consensus, I'd
> be willing to organize a community poll as we did for other projects,
> but I really see very little that speaks against LP becoming part of
> the WMF project family.
> Peace & Love,
> DISCLAIMER: This message does not represent an official position of
> the Wikimedia Foundation or its Board of Trustees.
> "An old, rigid civilization is reluctantly dying. Something new, open,
> free and exciting is waking up." -- Ming the Mechanic
I'm just posting to say that I'd commend people to go check out the site,
the extensions used to enable downloading of "compilable code" are
interesting and the site seems a neat idea. It fills a different niche than
say, SourceForge as it's not so much a respository of tools and releasable
things, as it is a repository of learnings about coding techniques. Merging
with WikiVersity/books or whatever, for example, would require installing
those extensions, I would think, which might not fit well with the rest of
WikiVersity, so I'd think keeping it separately sited would be good.
Hobby mail: lar at miltontrainworks.com