O’Reilly has just launched CodeZoo, a new site to catalogue, distribute, rate, and offer tips for free software components. The site has been launched with a catalogue of free Java components, but O’Reilly is seeking feedback about what other languages/platforms should be featured.
Visitors to the site can submit tips and reviews of any of the components listed, or suggest components to be reviewed by O’Reilly staff for inclusion in the directory. The site provides Atom feeds for each of the components in its catalogue so that you can keep up with tips and new releases posted by the community.
I’ll be interested to see how this site evolves. At the moment, it’s a bit underwhelming, but if O’Reilly manages to attract a decent community by setting high editorial standards and offering more ways to keep up-to-date on the latest free software components, it could be a winner.