I rarely share links like the one I am about to cover, but there are some that are too good to pass up.
Specifically, he discusses the balance of consuming alcohol and learning to become better developers.
To level-set, straight from the introduction of the article:
It’s possible you don’t even realize what a big deal this is. Practically every single event, and a huge percentage of the online discussion about these events revolves around binge drinking.
Funduk proceeds to touch on:
- The Alcohol Critique
- Tweets from numerous conferences and programmers praising binge drinking over development
- How people seem to be more interested in “social fun” than “hacking.”
- The Rise of the Brogrammer (my personal pet peeve)
- …and more
Now, to be clear, I enjoy a beer as much as the next guy, but if I’m going to pay money – and/or time – to attend a meetup or I’m going to attend a conference, I expect to walkaway more well-equipped and hopefully a bit smarter than when I arrived.
Sure, you can play the “to each his own” card here – and that’s fine – but the truth is that if you’re more concerned with getting together with a bunch of a fellow programmers and drinking, then throw a party or host a meetup specifically for that.
At the risk of sounding like an old man, the truth is that I agree with Ryan 100%.
But one thing I’m exceptionally proud of as it relates to the WordPress community is this:
I’ve been to numerous developer meet ups, user group meetings, and my team and I have hosted our own meetups. Not once have I experienced the problems outlined in Funduk’s post, though I’ve enjoyed discussing the platform over a couple of beers.
Glad to see that the WordPress community’s priorities are in order. Let’s keep it up.