A large part of my work life is dedicated stewardship of the Amplify CLI team at AWS. As someone who lives in the open-source community day-to-day I found this book particularly poignant, albeit highly redundant. For any curious reader who does not contribute to or participate in open-source software I highly suspect this book would be enlightening and insightful.

In my observation I found the author (Nadia Eghbal) to be extremely knowledgeable on the subject and incredibly on point with specific themes of culture and the evolution of community and what “open source” even means.

I also particularly enjoyed the nestled history lessons of the forefathers of open-source and software in general.

Overall a very useful light read for anyone, but perhaps more beneficial for someone who does not “live it” — Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software is still worth the time investment.

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