A Wayback Machine for Source Code


The web is fragile. In March 2016, software developer Azer Koçulu famously broke the internet by taking 11 lines of open source computer code he had written offline. The problem: millions of software packages written in the programming language JavaScript had been built on top of Koçulu’s code, or they were built on top of other packages that, in turn, were built on top of the code Koçulu wrote. Now, an initiative aiming to archive all the world's open-source code, making it akin to a wayback machine for software source code, is opening up its database for anyone to access for free for the first time. The news feature article was published at Undark.

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