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Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:02:28 +0100
From: magnum <john.magnum@...hmail.com>
To: john-dev@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: Re: General question: Motivation to contribute

On 2014-01-31 13:13, deepika wrote:
> I just wanted to know in what ways I can make my contribution to
> JTR's development beneficial to me? Other than aiding to my knowledge
> and experience, what other benefits can I get from it? Maybe someone
> can tell about his/her personal experience. My sole purpose of asking
> this question is to keep myself motivated to work here and is not
> meant to offend anyone.

Hi Deepika

I'm sure there are all sorts of different reasons to contribute among us 
and I hope others chime in. Contributions here (like to any open source 
project of more or less fame) should be a notch in your CV if nothing 
else. I have been approached by head hunters with more or less 
interesting job offers just from spotting my work in this project.

I love this project for the close-to-the-metal programming with tight 
inner loops and optimizations - quite the opposite of the oh so common 
high-level OO languages where you are guaranteed, by design, to lose 
track of what actually happens inside the CPU, or why.

I have gained a whole lot of practical experience from this, and I have 
become a better programmer in a wider range of aspects than I could have 
imagined. But I'm basically here just for fun, with no particular 
expectations on RoI.

magnum

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