If you set your code free, it will gain a life of it’s own!
I was googling my self the other day (what, you don’t do it?) and I stumbled onto something interesting. I found few results pointing back to some source code on the github. This intrigued me because I have never really used git, or set up a project on github.com. And yet, there was some source code there with my name attached.
Lo and behold, the code was actually from my JTwitt project. I started it back in April of last year, and mentioned it sporadically on the website. I didn’t really get far with it. I implemented basic, bare-bones functionality that allowed me to send and receive updates to and from Twitter. Then I got busy with some other things, and sort of let it sit there. I haven’t touched the code in ages.
And yet, somehow it found it’s way into a Present.ly application for Android. These guys actually did a great job cleaning up my sloppy code, and making it work with their application. I’m glad I was able to contribute to their project, if ever so slightly. This, ladies and gentlemen is the beauty of the open source movement. If you set your code free, someone will find use for it, and will maintain it for you. I love it!
Now I’m thinking about dusting off this stale code, and starting working on it again. I could probably integrate a lot of the changes and fixes the presently guys did back into my code, to make it more better. :) Maybe…