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We've Open-Sourced Everything

On CodeCombat Blog

CodeCombat is a programming game for learning to code; a multiplayer coding challenge arena for sharpening your skills; a Y-Combinator-funded startup; and as of this weekend, the largest open source CoffeeScript project and a fantastic way to get into open source and game development. Whether you’re a novice programmer wanting to figure out this GitHub thing or an open source guru looking for something to sink your teeth into, check out our GitHub and join over two hundred CodeCombat Archmages in building the best programming game ever.

Yes, we just open-sourced the last year of our lives–all the code, art, and music for CodeCombat–under the MIT and Creative Commons licenses.

“Wait. You’re a for-profit startup, but you’re giving away all of your code? Are you crazy?”

Nope! Closed source may be the choice made by virtually every startup and every game studio, but we believe this is a convention that needs rethinking. CodeCombat is already a community project, with hundreds of players volunteering to create levels, write documentation, help beginners, playtest, and even translate the game into seventeen languages so far. Now the programmers can join the party, too.

How Malcolm X spurred my interest in STEM

On The Thoughtful Young Djedi from Bermuda

The above quote is from Elijah Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam. The same organization that helped to nurture and guide Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan and Muhammad Ali.

During the turbulent period of the 1960s, most of the focus on the Nation of Islam was very negative. The NOI was accused of preaching hatred, race-baiting and possessing an overall separatist agenda from the United States. This was the time of the civil rights movement and vietnam war. There were church bombings, police brutality, assassinations and student riots that resulted in death. It was undoubtedly a very troubling time in the US.

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