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19 November 2009, 16:13

Bad code can now be offset

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A slightly tongue-in-cheek project to allow developers to buy offsets for bad code has been launched. Bad code offsetting plays on the idea of carbon offsets which companies and individuals can purchase to reduce their carbon footprint. With code offsets, developers can purchase offsets for 50 cents per SLOC (source line of code) from the The Alliance for Code Excellence. The proceeds of the money raised is to be donated to worthy open source initiatives. Initially, these projects are jQuery, PostgreSQL and the Apache Software Foundation.

The Alliance has been founded by Alex Papdimoulis, editor of The Daily WTF, Jeff Atwood, author of the Coding Horror blog and co-founder of Stack Overflow, Eric Sink, Jason Cohen and Jon Skeet. Atwood announced his membership of the Alliance saying "All the money spent on bad code offsets goes directly to open source projects that actively make programmers' lives better. For every ten thousand lines of mind-bendingly bad code produced, we hope to subsidise a thousand lines of quality open source code."


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