The current economic situation has somehow affected all of us one way or another, myself included (in a way).

So what’s a developer got to do on the lean months?

Accepting odd programming jobs for friends is one way to keep the old noggin active. Learning new skillsets is another thing that you can do as well.

One thing which always helps a lot is coding for open source projects. Why is that?

1. It helps you learn new technologies along the way.
2. Gets you to meet new people and friends.
3. You can add these experiences to your resume

Since many companies are leveraging open source technologies and the demand for these products are increasing, you can have the advantage of being adept and knowledgeable in these departments.

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