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Upside: Open-source university teaches ways of the Web

May 04, 2000, 00:15 (0 Talkback[s])
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"When MIT computer science instructor Philip Greenspun founded ArsDigita Inc., an open-source software company specializing in the development of Web-based applications and utilities, he viewed it as a chance to get away from the intense environs of the MIT campus...."

"In the course of creating the site, Greenspun developed and fine-tuned many of the features that would become the nucleus of the ArsDigita Community System, the GPL (Gnu Public License)-compliant module of Internet utilities, site-management tools and enterprise applications marketed by ArsDigita...."

"Although the program isn't accredited and offers no degrees -- yet -- Greenspun sees it as a way to get traditional engineering principles out of the classroom and into the minds of as many Web developers as possible."

"We think that a lot of the ad hoc, nasty Perl code out there wouldn't have been written or would have been written in a better way if people had access to this training," Greenspun says."

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