Kazu's Log

Kazuyoshi Kato is a Japanese software developer in Seattle, Washington.

More Open Work

Apr 12, 2019

I have a bit of regret about my professional career.

While I’ve been working as a software developer for more than a decade, I was mostly doing proprietary/commercial software development full-time, and open source software development was more likely a hobby. I have convinced myself that it would be the only way to pay my bills, but I knew it wouldn’t.

I’m not saying that proprietary/commercial software development is bad, but I’d like to have more balanced life regarding the two world.

There are 2 reasons;

First, I’ve been building some proprietary applications atop of open source software and not giving back much. The entire industry is kind of doing that for years, and I’m not a big fan of that.

Second, I want to have something that I can point and say “this is my work”. I probably can become a good software developer by doing what I’ve been doing, but I cannot become a great one. Great like Matz, Tim Bray or Mike Bostock.

Squeezing them into my spare time didn’t work. So, I need to try something different.