O Stack Overflow It helps a lot who works with programming. With millions of questions and answers from the community, several doubts are already solved, just a search away. For those who do not have access to the internet, however, this is not so simple. The company will lend a hand and make its content available for download and offline use.
The initiative is called Overflow Offline. The company will work with developers and educational, scientific and justice organizations to understand how this platform should work.
Stack Overflow has partnered with Kiwix. She is responsible for an open source program that works as an offline reader for websites, the most famous being Wikipedia.
Kiwix already provided an offline version of Stack Overflow, but since 2018, it has not been able to update its collection. The company helped the project update its scraper so that it could once again collect data from the Q&A platform.
One challenge is downsizing. The current version of Stack Overflow offline is 80GB. It is almost the same as the English version of Wikipedia, with 6.5 million articles. Even so, some progress has already been made, as the previous version of Kiwix had 134 GB.
Stack Overflow wants to help those who don’t have internet
It may seem strange that, in the middle of 2022, with so much technology, people don’t have access to the internet to learn to program — but this is the case for a lot of people, for several reasons.
In its post on the subject, Stack Overflow tells the story of Jessica Hicklin, who was arrested at age 16 and only returned to freedom 26 years later.
She learned to program in prison, thanks to an educational project. Without access to the internet, she depended on a friend, who brought an XML file every three months with content from the Q&A site.
The company also mentions the cases of Ice Cube Lab, a research station at the South Pole, and Cameroon, where two-thirds of the population (about 18 million people) do not have access to the internet. Offline Stack Overflow can help with learning and working in such situations.
With information: Stack Overflow, The Verge.