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Does Open Source Experience Help in Today's Job Market?

Feb 19, 2009, 21:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bryan Richard)

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"This was a pretty low point in my career. Writing ASP isn't exactly a ton of fun but when you pair it with the most boring work in the world (Intranets that never launch! Meetings -- so many meetings, a management ban on COM objects, &c.), it starts to grate on you. I used to invent excuses to go play with the HP3000 just for a change of pace. It was a paycheck, but something had to change.

"Eventually, I decided that open source would be the best outlet for my frustrations and tried to spend as much time with it as I could. I started by talking the head sys admin into allowing my Linux laptop onto the network (the only Linux machine box on a network of something like 750 machines). I introduced the guy in the cubicle next to mine to Cygwin, and the two hit it off instantly. Somehow convinced management that we needed a Linux server just to run cron jobs since *.bat files were prone to error (still not sure how I managed this one). And generally threw myself at Python.

"I learned the language (it "fits your brain") and wrote it every chance I could. I made some (very small) contributions to open source projects, wrote Python documentation and started a short-lived magazine. Eventually, I caught the attention of the crew at Linux Magazine and by late-2002 I was running a PHP conference for the company. I've been hanging around ever since."

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