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This is true. To think of it, some lawyers probably work for free in the weekends for the poor; some doctors probably read about medical breakthroughs (and inevitable solve family cases) at home, and teachers too. I don't see anything wrong with either approach to coding, be it treating it strictly as work or as a hobby. But if someone expects good code, best practices, 100% test coverage, etc. in a side project - that's going too far.



> But if someone expects good code, best practices, 100% test coverage, etc. in a side project - that's going too far.

If you expect some lawyers to work professionally pro bono, why is it going too far to write tests for your side project?


Pro bono work has a purpose beyond the work itself. Side projects don't necessarily have any purpose aside from professional development.


It seems you're assuming that FLOSS software lives in a bubble where only the developers use it or extract any meaningful value from it.




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