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Diversity of experience seems orthogonal to whether one codes outside of work. If I spend all day coding X widgets and then go home on the weekend and code more X widgets, I’m not gaining any diversity of experience. (I might be gaining depth of knowledge, which is oddly not valued in the way you’ve framed the issue.)

Additionally, doing things other than coding also provides diversity of experience which may be relevant and/or offer a wider perspective.

So, I don’t think you’ve really made your case here.




> Diversity of experience seems orthogonal to whether one codes outside of work.

It might be (I don't think it's practically orthogonal though it's obviously not strictly linked), I should have mentioned both quantity and diversity of experience (and, in fact, thought I had; I must have dropped part of intended edit.)

I can spend W + H time making X widgets, granting more quantity in the same scope or W making X widgets and H making Y (or Y0...Y∞) systems, for increased diversity with the same quantity in X.




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