How to Rock a Side Project When You Have No Free Time

We’ve all heard the advice: the best developers live and breathe programming. But you’re also a human being. Maybe you’re not the stereotypical 22-year-old with no ties or responsibilities, happy to work 18-hour days. Maybe you’re a mother or a father, a husband or a wife, a caretaker of an elderly relative.

There are millions of developers in the world, and they come in every shape. Most of us are not in our early 20s, many of us aren’t single, and few of us want to give our entire lives to our jobs. So how do we reconcile that truth with the general belief that the “best” developers are those who eat, sleep, and breathe code?

In other words, how can you show you’re passionate and committed without completely neglecting the rest of your life and responsibilities? Specifically, how can you find the time for personal projects without losing your mind?

How I Open Sourced My Way to My Dream Job: Mohamed Said

Mohamed Said got his first computer at age 13—they were just becoming commonly accessible in Egypt—and started learning to code almost immediately. Flash was what drew him in, he says, with its animations and color and, well, “flashy” stuff.