Coding Horror Donates to Open Source

By Deane Barker on April 11, 2008

Donating $5,000 to .NET Open Source: Last year, Jeff Atwood from Coding Horror promised to done some money from his advertising to open-source projects. He followed through on that today with a $5,000 check to the ScrewTurn Wiki project.

This is like one of those giant promotional checks you see on TV; it’s for promotional purposes only. There’s no real check. The actual money is being sent via wire transfer to Dario Solera, the ScrewTurn Wiki project coordinator. What’s Dario going to do with this money? You’ll have to ask him. That’s not for me to decide. There are no strings attached to this money of any kind. I trust the judgment of a fellow programmer to run their project as they see fit.

This is kind of cool for a number of reasons. First, it’s just neat. Second, he singles out an open-source, .Net project, which isn’t common. His rationale:

[…] open source projects are treated as second-class citizens in the Microsoft ecosystem. Many highly popular open source projects have contributed so much to the .NET community, and they’ve gotten virtually no support at all from Microsoft in return.