Thanks, guy.This isn’t the first time a developer deliberately sabotaged their own open-source code. Back in 2016, Azer Koçulu deleted a 17-line npm package called ‘left-pad, ‘which killed thousands of Node.js programs that relied on it to function. Both then and now the actual code was trivial, but because it’s used in so many other programs its effects were far greater than users would ever have expected. Why did Squires do it? We don’t really know. In faker.js’s GitHub README file, Squires said, “What really happened with Aaron Swartz?” This is a reference to hacker activist Aaron Swartz who committed suicide in 2013 when he faced criminal charges for allegedly trying to make MIT academic journal articles public.Your guess is as good as mine as to what this has to do with anything.What’s more likely to be the reason behind his putting an infinite loop into his libraries is that he wanted money. In a since-deleted GitHub post, Squires said, “Respectfully, I am no longer going to support Fortune 500s ( and other smaller-sized companies ) with my free work. There isn’t much else to say. Take this as an opportunity to send me a six-figure yearly contract or fork the project and have someone else work on it.”Excuse me. While open-source developers should be fairly compensated for their work, wrecking your code isn’t the way to persuade others to pay you.
This is a black eye for open-source and its developers. We don’t need programmers who crap on their work when they’re ticked off at the world.Another problem behind the problem is that too many developers simply automatically download and deploy code without ever looking at it. This kind of deliberate blindness is just asking for trouble. Just because a software package was made by an open-source programmer doesn’t mean that it’s flawless. Open-source developers make as many mistakes as any other kind of programmer. It’s just that in open source’s case, you have the opportunity to check it out first for problems. If you choose to not look before you deploy, what happens next is on you.