Do other language communities have organizations like Clojurists Together? It was founded to solve the sustainability problem that arises when people build things in their spare time that come to be relied on heavily, which subsequently become a burden to maintain without compensation.
Ah nice, I had a feeling that was another idea we “stole” from the Ruby community (RailsBridge, anyone?).
I’d applied twice in the past, and was entirely not surprised or disappointed that they chose to fund other projects. After all, it is explicitly for funding “critical infrastructure”, and well, obviously that was nothing I was doing…
But after the success of v3 and the Clojure syllabus this started to change. I started noticing Exercism being recommended everywhere I looked, including the learning resources page on clojure.org. And when I finally saw the build pages showing the track’s statistics, I realized I had an extremely poor sense of what a major role we play in the programming education landscape. And education… is… critical infrastructure.