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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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Jeremy

I've been a member of ACM since high school, as our high school's "Computer Club" was a chapter of the ACM. While I don't necessarily take advantage of the benefits of the membership (like the ebooks, e-magazines, and newsletters), I do like supporting to organization for the work they do, especially with the ICPC (International Collegiate Programming Contest). It's something my university does very well in, but I also like how they advocate the support of computer science education. I'm also privileged enough that $99/year is not too big a burden.

That said, if my job requested me to join or if I needed research, I would expect the company to pay because the digital library is quite valuable and expensive, relative to the membership cost. Same with IEEE, although there are conferences that offer discounts for IEEE members, so it's certainly something I would expect the company to support.