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Author Topic: The Fear of Programming  (Read 3722 times)

kyrathaba

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The Fear of Programming
« on: October 18, 2010, 06:22:49 PM »
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Interesting video about how our emotional outlook -- an in particular, a species of 'fear' -- can affect our programming productivity.

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Re: The Fear of Programming
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2010, 02:24:13 AM »
kyrathaba, would you mind to distil the essentials of the video in writing? The topic sounds interesting, but not us much as to watch a 45 minutes video ;)

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Re: The Fear of Programming
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2010, 12:57:00 PM »
would you mind to distil the essentials of the video in writing?

Maybe this summary (from the page the video is on) will help:

We developers spend a lot of time talking about how to improve technically at our craft, how to write better code, how to be more productive when we're writing code. But what about when we don't feel like coding? What about the emotions that often keep us from putting our fingers on the keyboard and working on that cool library we want to write or finishing up that cool side project we were so fired up about a few weeks ago? Or to put it another way, why is it that some developers turn out so much more code than the rest of us? How do they maintain five open source projects (or more!) while we might be doing good to make progress on one? It certainly might be that they're smarter, or that they spend more time at it. But maybe not... Maybe the reason we don't create more is that we're afraid. Afraid of not finishing, afraid of what others will say, afraid we won't know how to solve a problem, afraid that we're not working on the right thing. If creating code is even partly an act of artistry, then it's worth examining our emotional connection with what we're making. It might be time to start realizing that coding productivity is affected as much by our emotional outlook as it is by our technique. If 'fear is the mind-killer', how do we overcome it? How do we get past our fear so we can create something amazing and have a blast doing it? Those are the questions that this talk aims to at least begin answering. Finally, why is it so important we conquer our fear and go on to create? _why puts it eloquently: 'when you don't create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. your tastes only narrow & exclude people. so create.'


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Re: The Fear of Programming
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2010, 02:01:30 PM »
Thanks Deozaan.

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Re: The Fear of Programming
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2010, 03:03:40 PM »
Sounds like an interesting video, will add it to my (currently impressively large >_<) backlog of stuff to look at :)
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Re: The Fear of Programming
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2010, 11:11:16 AM »
That's quite interesting but, if you code for a living, fear doesn't come into it.

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Re: The Fear of Programming
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2010, 07:02:59 PM »
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That's quite interesting but, if you code for a living, fear doesn't come into it.

I can't argue against that statement from experience, because I don't code for a living.  But even a hobbyist programmer like myself experiences emotional states connected to coding.  Even discernibly different emotional states for different projects. 

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Re: The Fear of Programming
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2010, 02:30:20 AM »
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'when you don't create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. your tastes only narrow & exclude people. so create.'

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Re: The Fear of Programming
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2010, 02:35:53 AM »
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That's quite interesting but, if you code for a living, fear doesn't come into it.

When you code for living, emotions like customer expectations,design, deadline puts fear into your mind. Fear is always there in some another form.