On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 5:55 AM, sankarshan <foss.mailinglists(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> When I left college last year, there were 2 competing trends that
> had infused. One was free software, where Shreyank and I had made some
> inroads, and the second was TopCoder or similar online programming judges
> where Swapnil Sonawane and Rajat achieved milestones. As it turns out,
> Swapnil and Rajat ended up getting jobs on campus that paid the best (upto 3
> times what Shreyank or I get!!).
I might not be comprehending this properly. Why would participating in
online coding contests be a deterrent to contributing to Free and Open
Source Software ? Although, considering the part within parenthesis,
if that is how it is projected, will obviously skew the participation
in a way that nothing can counter.
On this note, I would like to add something. Not related to the topic
but related to the thing in brackets of Debayan's email. I agree money
is very important but as 'i-feel-philosophical-today-susmit' points ot
its a way you lead your life also matters. I wouldn't have quit my
well paying corporate job to take up research. I would be easily
getting 8L per annum now plus some overseas travel. yummy! Now I am a
student and intend to go for a PhD which most 'MBAs' term it
'live-like-a-beggar' for 4 years. But well, I know I am developing the
roots like a banyan tree to soar great heights.
And its all about how you project. I think you have forgotten the
'3-emails' sent by SM to dgplug list. I bring it up again.