Tip 41Release Your Code

Imagine how much easier it would be to find a job if there were companies already relying on software you had written. You could say, “Oh, are you running Nifty++? I can help you with that—I wrote it.” That would be different. Interviewers and hiring managers would remember you. That’s what you want.

Just a decade ago, while sounding like a wonderful idea, there wouldn’t have been many opportunities for such a scenario to be played out. You would have had to work for a commercial software vendor first, and your credentials would have been tied to the products you helped develop while working for that software vendor. But things have changed. You don’t have to work for the Big Guys to develop popular, name-brand software ...

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