Coding for a living

Jonathan Ellis jonathan at
Fri Dec 23 15:27:20 MST 2005

On Fri, 23 Dec 2005 11:34:46 -0700, "Al Byers"
<byersa at> said:
> Sasha Pachev wrote:
> > I suggest using whatever spare time you have to contribute to some 
> > open-source project. Ideally, you want to have your own that you have 
> > created from scratch, as well as some bigger scale project to which 
> > you have contributed. Then prospective employers do not treat you as 
> > the "entry level" programmer any more.

> I think it is basically a good idea to create or contribute to an 
> open-source project as a way to demonstrate interest and capability, 
> but, realistically, the opportunities for contributing to something 
> meaningful are few and far between. You can go to sourceforge and find 
> dozens of projects of the same genre; only one or two in each category 
> will get any real play.

So pick one of those two.  Nobody said you should pick an OSS project
essentially at random.

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