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Discussion on: Should devs code in their free time?

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Alexandru-Dan Pop

A lot of folks that I look at as successful people in tech invest a lot in this area.

Some tweet like 5 to 10 times a day, lunch a few blog posts every week, work on their OSS projects every day - AND have a full time job.

Those people are very productive but perhaps they also have job-time allocated to their personal growth & branding - and I think companies that offer that are great. I also think a lot of them work remote - so they have the time to pursue this kind of lifestyle.

But those are the 5% - I don't think most companies in general look for this, because if they would, they would limit their candidates by a lot. There are a lot of great software engineers that rarely contribute to OSS and have side projects.

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Carlos Roso Author

You're touching on a lot of great points here. Love it.

  • People we normally look up to are doing all these sort of things
  • Most of them are perhaps remote which gives them room to pursue it
  • A lot of great engineers barely have a presence online

I'll stick with the last one. Having an online presence will make you stand out. Not having an online presence won't necessarily undermine your seniority.

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Emma Goto 🍙 • Edited on

It wasn't until I started using Twitter and DEV that I realised how productive some of these people are! It's very easy not to see it when you're not in this online tech bubble.

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Carlos Roso Author

Right! I noticed the same, it's insane.