Open Source: from Passion to Hobby to Work, or There and Back Again

10:00am - 10:44am on Friday, October 6

Julian Berman



It has been almost 15 years since beginning to work on open source in the Python community. What began as an attempt to scratch an itch (one needed for a personal project) quickly – surprisingly quickly – became something used by others. Nearly 10 years and multiple other projects later, the little open source project went from a long-running side project and then, thanks to the gracious support of Postman, a fully paid day job. It’s still somewhat uncommon to work on open source as a full-time job – though it benefits hugely both the community as well as the companies supporting important projects they depend on. We’ll discuss the road taken, some lessons learned, some things that I still have no good answers for.

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