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Beekey Cheung Author

Yeah, I think there is definitely an advantage to sticking around for a little bit. I've met a lot of developers who know a wide variety of technologies, but don't actually have the skills to maintain a large production system because they've never stuck around long enough. Yet there's a balance there. Stay at some places for too long and the developer usually stagnates a little. At that point the option to leave becomes more advantageous than sticking around.

I don't have any scientific evidence of how well leaving and coming back would work, but anecdotally I have never seen it work out well. The people I know who've done it only did so because the place they went to was much worse. Going back was more a decision made out of desperation rather than positive intent.