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Are 9 to 5 programmers looked down upon?

I would consider myself a 9 to 5 programmer. What I mean by this, is that I have a programming job, but after I leave work, I leave my work there and do not take it home. I very much enjoy my career ...
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Where do you find the time? [closed]

I find myself lagging behind on new skills, techniques, language features, etc, and I am finding the time to do so is lacking. Between work, professional, personal and family obligations, I'm lucky to ...
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8answers
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How do you maintain productivity outside of work? (Programming Schedule) [closed]

I enjoy programming, but programming at work is just that, work. I would like to further develop my own personal interests in programming. Throughout the week I imagine myself completing a small ...
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5answers
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How to productively spend “free time” at the office [closed]

After shipping a release, once in two to three months, I get 10 to 15 days of free time. By free time, I mean no work, no one cares what you are doing etc., but you have to come to the office and go. ...
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8answers
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How do you decide what to work on in your own time? [closed]

I've got an itch and it needs to be scratched. I've got nothing to program these days. Normally I'd just pick my flavour of the month technology and fiddle with it, but I want to make something and ...
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8answers
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How much time a week do you spend on extracurricular programming? [closed]

Background: I'm a microsoft DBA/IT type person by day, an iOS and Mac developer by night. I have one app in the App Store and another one in the works. I try to spend as much time as possible working ...
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8answers
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What are programmers made to do in spare time in jobs? [closed]

Well, with no prior job experience I am completely ignorant of how things happen at software companies. I want to know what programmers are made to do when there is nothing to do? Lets consider ...
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11answers
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How should one handle “free projects”? Should one accept them or not?

Ok, as a software engineer, I feel that my skills are valuable in other contexts, for instance, a friend came to me and asked me to setup a website for her research and I did it for free. At first I ...
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1answer
441 views

I have free time for Android development. I'd like suggestions on how to tackle this effectively [closed]

I'm finishing college for good tomorrow, then leaving my current programming job the next day. I'll be looking for opportunities, but I may end up with a month or two without a job, so with lots of ...
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3answers
388 views

How do you keep track of latest software trends along with a demanding job? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where do you find the time? I am sure there are lots of us in this very common situation. You have a job that's demanding. In other words you need to put in 50+ hours/week ...
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7answers
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Automatically delete files after they expire

I've got this idea for some time and I was wondering if anyone has seen such a feature/app in any operating system and if you haven't, what do you think about it. Where do you think I should begin? ...
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2answers
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Articles and Works by Developers [closed]

When I'm coming to home after the work, there left about 2-3 hours to work on my own projects. Some good programmers/developers also write books/articles/etc. I'm getting angry of to little time and ...
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1answer
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I would like to contribute my time for free to a Ruby open source project, what are some beginner friendly Ruby projects? [closed]

I think I am at a point where I can truly contribute to a Ruby open source project, can you suggest one or more that would be open to having a true beginner contribute. This would be my first group ...
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3answers
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What programmers should do if there are no tasks in hand for few days? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to productively spend “free time” at the office Sometimes specially in the end of the year in software companies, there are less work for the team, at least ...