Compact and cute, this is The Key V 2 Macropad.

Image: Stack overflow

The compact keyboard, designed solely to allow developers to copy and paste code, has an update and now comes with two RGB LEDs to brighten up the developer experience.

According to keyboard maker The Key, developer of the question and answer site Stack Overflow, the new RGB LEDs are one of the “most sought after features.”

The key began as an April Fool’s joke in 2020, playing on the idea that many developers are searching the web and Stack Overflow for open source code snippets to solve their programming problems.

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Of course, developers want to reuse code when they can: according to some studies, nearly half (44%) say they copy and paste up to 50 lines of code per week from other sources, while a third (33%) say they copied somewhere between 50 and 100 rows per week; 13% say they copy 100 to 500 lines a week.

The mechanical keyboard Key V 2 Macropad has control keys StackOverflow, C and V. It also comes with a coiled USB chord and acrylic case.

“Unlike the original, the Key V2 is hot-swappable – which means you can change its switches without soldering. Another new addition is the exclusive V2 acrylic case, which elegantly accentuates the on-board RGB LEDs previously hidden in the V1’s black body, ‚ÄĚsays Stack Overflow.

Users can also adjust the RGB lighting settings.

Key 2 is available again at Drop for $ 29. Currently, 4,900 units are available and 3,300 units have been purchased so far. Part of the sales is distributed to digitally separated project.

“Remember, good artists copy, great artists steal, the greatest artists copy, then paste,” wrote Ben Popper, director of content at Stack Overflow.

However, developers need to be careful about what they copy and paste. And in 2020 study by engineers from the manufacturer of IDE JetBrains A review of Java projects on GitHub found that 29.6% of code blocks could be included in potential code borrowing – and 9.4% of them could potentially infringe on original licenses.

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