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Discussion on: Should devs code in their free time?

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Carlos Roso Author

I like the idea of a company helping you grow and learn. That would definitely be the right balance.

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René Kremer

Totally agree. It shouldn't be mandatory to stay up to date to do some coding in your free time and it would be the best to support and motivate your employees to work on some projects besides their daily work.

Getting to know new Devs, new technologies or other approaches is crucial in a way, but hard to do by simply reading stuff without getting your hands on. But with private life, family and job it might be hard to accomplish if you are not 120% into the hobby of coding.

At one company we had the discussion to contribute to some database orchestration framework because we heavily used it. These discussions, in my opinion, should be the discussions to have. Do we as a company have people that contribute to the library / framework we are using? Not only do we improve the lib of our product, but also get insight in it and its technologies and as a consequence also give something back to the community we are relying on.

It's something between idealistic and what some companies want. Some people might get scared by reading job offers with requirements in the web-/cloud-section when they did desktop application the past 10 years and haven't had the time to get their hands and feet into web-applications.

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Carlos Roso Author

Right. Good point, companies will also benefit from employees documenting (aka blogging) and building tools (aka open source). It's a win-win.