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Breaking Out of Your Shell as a Coder (architexa.com)
2 points by vineet on Jan 16, 2013 | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments

These meetings are a great way to see what other folks are doing, meet people in various roles, and explore topics that you might otherwise not get exposure to.

Many of these meetings are set up to allow people to talk about their stuff for a few minutes. This is a great way to "break out of your shell" and gives you invaluable skills in pitching and communicating what you are working on.

Get your confidence up to participate and talk about some coding you are doing. You might find someone who shares your interest to collaborate with.

Beware of service providers unless you are looking to meet them. Attorneys, head hunters, recruiters, and other non-developers also tend to hang around these meetings to get closer to --- you the in-demand developer!

Yeah, I like the idea of finding someone to collaborate on a fun project. I did not say this in the post, but I found out about a small offshoot meetup at one of these events - and that has been fun because it was very hands-on.

I like hearing from recruiters - if only to get a sense of what frameworks coders are using these days.

But, attorneys, really?

Sure, don't you want to make sure no one steals your "fun project" idea? I'm sure it has happened ;)

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