For questions about projects that you are working on on your own, usually not work-related.

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I don't program in my spare time. Does that make me a bad developer?

A lot of blogs and advice on the web seem to suggest that in order to become a great developer, doing just your day job is not enough. For example, you should contribute to open source projects in ...
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How to sell/distribute my software? [closed]

I'm working on a personal project (Windows desktop application) and started thinking about trying to make some money from the application (not the source). I'm not expecting to make a billion dollars ...
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To Open Source or Not to Open Source, that is the question

So, I have a couple of projects that I have been working on and I am trying to decide if I want to open source them or provide them for free as closed source. I have never "owned" an open source ...
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Amount of man hours to write a social network

I have big dreams of writing the next Facebook (unrealistic I know) and I'm in the planning stages as we speak and I'm umming and ahing about using a php framework for this and how many development ...
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How should I approach doing similar work on the side to what I do at work during the day?

Currently got a good job, spending 70% of my day doing what I love, the downside of this is of course that I am working for someone else and not my self. Ideally would love to get something of my own ...
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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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Balancing full time work and personal coding projects

I am nearing the end of developing the major pieces of my website that I have been working on in my spare time for the last 3 months. My goal is to get it released by the end of next month and ...
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git in non-distributed, independent, lone programming …best practice(s)?

I am currently studying the git documentation to get a hang of distributed version control workflow and use of git command line. I want to first start using git with small, personal, pet projects so ...