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November 27, 2005

Professional Organizations

When I was in college my professors told us that one of the most important things we could do would be to join professional organizations. They claimed that these organizations provided a fraternity of sorts and possible discounts on things like insurance, etc. Well I finally broke down and joined the ACM [acm.org], the Association for Computing Machinery.

Now the funny thing about these organizations is that there doesn't seem to professional requirements except the yearly fee. I'm sure that there are some sort of standards (I hope!), but I wasn't asked to provide any credentials or anything like that. Anyways, getting to the point of this entry...

One of the cool things that I get with my membership are free memberships in the Safari Bookshelf [oreilly.com] and Books 24x7 [books24x7.com]. I'm pretty sure that memberships in both of these programs would cost much more that my yearly dues. So, I think that there are some definite immediate benefits to joining these organizations, but I'll hold judgement on the long-term benefits.

Posted by Guy at November 27, 2005 8:29 PM