Google today announced that it’s retiring Melange, a website and a piece of software that it has used for many years to run the Google Summer of Code, a program that gives stipends to university students who work on open source software projects.
The Melange site is home to many, many projects that students have worked on over the years. Melange dates back to the Google Summer of Code program in 2009, and Google also used the software for the Google Code-in, a contest for pre-university students, in 2010-2014, Google open source team program manager Stephanie Taylor wrote in a blog post. The open-source source code for Melange will not be going anywhere, although Google will not be actively developing it, and the Melange website will also be changing.
“Starting on Thursday, March 31, www.google-melange.com will become a limited static archive of what projects and tasks were completed,” Taylor wrote. “It will contain titles, descriptions, and display names, but no other project information. If there is any data from the site you wish to save, you should extract it now.”
Many computer science students have gravitated toward Google because of the Google Summer of Code program, and Melange has come to represent a key place for such coders. More than 11,000 students have used Melange over the years, Taylor wrote.