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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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Fabian

My employer is a corporate member of the german Oracle user group and therefore I could join free of charge (at least for me) as a member there also. My main benefit is a bi-monthly Java magazine that is included with the membership and I could get a discount on several conferences they organize. But since you can subscribe to their Java magazine indepently, I would not continue to be registered as their member if I changed my employer.

When it comes to more general professional organizations, I don't see any benefits that would justify the membership fee. Access to some content would be nice to have, but I'm lucky enough to have access to a university library, so why would I let them charge me an arm and a leg for occasionally reading an academic paper?