The More We Share…

A dose of inspiration from an author who writes, gives away his book and tells us why he writes:

A lot of what was on my mind and still is on my mind is how “information wants to be free.” I believe that economies that share outperform economies that don’t. I believe that information multiplies in value as it spreads. This the other selfish reason that I write: The more I share, the richer we all become. We discussed this idea on the JavaScript Jabber podcast earlier this year.

I am very committed to this idea of sharing. I campaigned, hard, for a job on the Firefox OS team at Mozilla. I really wanted to work on developer tools for Forefox OS. I believe that bringing another 10,000,000 or 100,000,000 or even 1,000,000,000 online with smart devices is going to be a tremendous opportunity for the world becoming a better place.

And not just in terms of “Oh look, 1,000,000,000 more people to join our social gossip-sharing gamified site,” but also in terms of there being another 100,000, 1,000,000 or even 10,000,000 new programmers writing programs to solve problems that we can’t even imagine as we sip our tasty espresso. How do we help them program? I’m super-stoked by where Mozilla is going with this, and likewise I’m so excited I can barely sit still when I look at what people are doing with things like Squeak orLight Table.

and so

You can talk about making the world a better place, and you can roll up your sleeves. So, I rolled up my sleeves and wrote JavaScript Allongé.

Need I say more?