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Code You Can Quote

GitHub, FigShare, and Mozilla join forces to make programming code fit for academic citation.

Image Credit: Kjetil Korslien
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3/17/2014 | 3:04:30 PM
Great Step Forward
I find this to be a great step forward.  Programmers and their code are solving problems with modern, technical solutions.  These solutions to realworld problems should be able to be wuoted and referenced in a similar fashion as testimonies or research articles in medical magazines.  I have can see Node.js becoming a language that will be referenced as well as its poential for large-scale solutions is great.
Michael Endler
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3/17/2014 | 5:55:13 PM
Awesome Idea
When I was in grad school not so long ago, standards were still changing regarding how to handle even simple tech citations, such as websites and digital media. Had I wanted to write an essay that involved heavy analysis of code (and I can think of reasons that might have been interesting), I can only imagine how clumsy and unwieldy the result would have been, lacking as I would have been in standards and resources for doing so. The better we enable scholars and other interested parties to discuss and analyze code, the better off we'll be.
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