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Discussion on: It's perfectly fine to only code at work, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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Leighton Darkins

I really like this response. You're absolutely right that this idea can very easily be interpreted to mean "you should never code outside of work". Which I believe to be equally as poisonous to a developer as "you must always code outside of work".

Everything in moderation, as they say.

I also mostly agree with your perspective around judgement of skills. More practice definitely makes a higher skill level more likely. But I don't know that someone who just works their day job is likely to be any of the things you describe. My experience (as described in my initial comment) certainly doesn't indicate that. Granted, that's not a massive sample size, but it's enough to challenge the assumption.

I'm certainly not suggesting that employers should not recognise achievements outside of work. They should. But they also shouldn't immediately dismiss a candidate for lack of recent github activity (or similar extracurricular activity indicators), which I've seen a little too much of lately.

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

I just meant to say there are positions where you'll end up stuck in a mold needing outside education to break out. There are many jobs where this does not happen, but there are many where it will happen. There's a large range of job quality in terms of career development.

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

Considering that most dev work still isn't done in the open, I also find it questionable that people judge others by their public contributions, like on GitHub, or open source projects. You can't really expect that everybody works in the open, or that even their public work reflects their business work.