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Discussion on: Are you a member of a professional organization related to computing or software development? Why or why not?

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Frank Carr

3 reasons why I don't join...

  1. I'm a cheapskate and so are most of the employers I've worked for.
  2. I don't see it as having any value.
  3. I'm an introvert and don't like big conferences and such.
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Thomas J Owens Author

I'm curious about 3. I've been a member of two organizations for over 10 years, yet I've never gone to a conference. It's not that I haven't wanted to, of course. When I was a student, I really didn't have the money to travel for one (especially internationally). When I was working (especially when I had limited vacation time in a year), it was hard to justify not only the cost but using the vacation time, since my company wouldn't pay for the trip.

Do you associate membership in a professional organization (like the ACM or IEEE) mostly with conferences?