Article: Crowdfunding for children’s programming language Hedy

Language, Open Data, Open Source

Crowdfunding for children’s programming language Hedy

The easy-to-learn programming language Hedy is a huge worldwide success. To develop the language further, Felienne Hermans, associate professor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), started a crowdfunding.

Hedy was introduced to make programming more accessible for children. ‘There was a big gap between Scratch, the block-based language to introduce children to programming, and real programming languages like Python,’ Hermans explains.

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Article: Signal updates open-source server code after it failed to for nearly a year

Code, Open Software, Open Source

Signal updates open-source server code after it failed to for nearly a year

Signal has always been heralded as the security-aware alternative to WhatsApp and Co. due to its open-source nature, but the nonprofit behind the chat app hasn’t always stuck to its original open-source promises. While it regularly publishes the code of its client apps, Signal failed to update the Github repository for its server for almost a year, as reported by German publication Golem — though earlier today, the company pushed out an update with a more recent release.

The repository was full of complaints from the open-source community asking why Signal doesn’t publish changes to its server code anymore, and prior to this most recent release, the last published code dated back to April 20, 2020. One entry on the topic has been open since March 13. Golem also reached out to Signal for comment, but it hasn’t received an answer, either.

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