Most employers assume that you develop your skill set during your personal time and on your own dime. From the comments in our Forums, some developers do not mind this because programming is something that they're really enthusiastic about, and they would do it on their own time anyway. Other developers are not at all happy about this; they do not see why they should give up their private, unpaid time for their employer's benefit.
I fall somewhere in the middle. While I enjoy programming a lot and do spend some of my spare time on it, I spend my free time on skills development more to help my career than for fun. At the same time, I would love to have more time for leisure!
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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.