Make the most out of

side projects

by Leonora Der (@LeonoraDer)

 

2018. 09. 16.

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question time

  • how many of you have ongoing active(!) side projects at the moment?
  • how many of you are planning to start a new one soon?
  • what comes to your mind when I say side projects?

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To me

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Famous Examples

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My projects

vocable

  • very first published app
  • cross-platform
  • Play Store

Karancs-Medves Kalauz

  • local guide - in progress
  • Spring Boot + Vue.js
  • mobile app
  • Instagram

Cretan maze

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Cons

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No Time

  • tired after work
  • you have a family
  • weekend activities

YOU HAVE TIME FOR WHAT YOU MAKE TIME FOR

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Failure

  • no one cares about it
  • abandonware
  • graveyard

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Useless

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PROS

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New technologies, Skills

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a lot of practice

  • same technologies
  • typical bugs, pitfalls beforehand
  • best practices
  • help others, give advice
  • save time and money

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Joy

  • show others
  • be proud
  • satisfying

LAUGH

  • comic - abandoned git repos
  • lot of old code
  • file to store funny codes
  • growing as a developer

refactor

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CV and career

  • helps during the interview
  • building online presence
  • no harm to your professional evolution :)
  • one of the beast way to advance your career
  • more important in the first years
  • unfinished ones - not a long list of successful projects

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Business

  • quit your workplace
  • start a business
  • become an entrepreneur
  • marketing, sales, support
  • money while you sleep
  • primary goal is to learn

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Connections

  • open source
  • other developers
  • friends

Refreshing

  • leave confort zone
  • do somehting different

FUN

  • freedom
  • no useless meetings
  • no convincing others
  • consistent code - conventions
  • no boss or client

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HOW

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1. IDEA

  • build something real
  • "aha" moments
  • another TO DO app
  • note - taking app
  • project ideas

2. PLAN

  • core feautures, milestones
  • seperate - MVP level
  • limit scope
  • set a deadline

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3. community

4. Minimalist

  • overestimate capacity
  • short feauture list
  • lose motivation

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5. Complete

  • publish it! / deploy it!
  • spread the world through social media
  • blog, Twitter, reddit, HackerNews, ProductHunt, dev.to
  • feedback - a lot ! :) 

6. Go Live!

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+1. HAckathons

+2. workplace

  • Experiment Day
  • Demo days
  • 20% policy

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SO WHY NOT START ONE?

Thanks for your attention!

@LeonoraDer

leah@floppylab.com

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Make the most out of side projects

By Leonóra Dér

Make the most out of side projects

Developers usually like dealing with side projects in their free time, even if it is the middle of the night. If you have not yet started one or you have already successfully completed a bunch of side projects, I hope to give you a new perspective and pieces of advice on doing it even better. There might be disadvantages, but I would like to put an emphasis on the advantages of continuously having side projects even while working as a full-time developer. You might think it is impossible, as it takes a lot of time and effort, but this is exactly why I have a list that could help you do these projects in a more effective way and so that you will enjoy coding again. All this comes from a personal experience I gained over the past few years and I would like to share it with you.

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