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Release to the Wild

I just read a blog article from a coder who developed a piece of jquery that is used in several high profile websites, including Pinterest. What makes his perspective so interesting is that even though he was the one who wrote the code, he recognizes that he will never ask for exclusive rights or monetary profit from his labor. He embodies the hacker ethos that demands that information be free. It’s the same mentality that makes Wikipedia thrive and moves millions to support the release of Julian Assange from Wikileaks. The coder contributed his small piece of brilliance to the ever changing currents of web design, understanding that his gratification won’t be found monetarily, but through the satisfaction of a job well done. It’s an interesting perspective and rarely found in other professions, but that is the beauty of the wild, unregulated internet.