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What do you do?

Posted 08 April 2010 - 03:35 PM

From a mere novice to all you professional developers ... is it normal to find yourself working on more than one project at a time? If it is, how many, and what type could you be working on over a working week?
Just curious, thats all. Many thanks.
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Re: What do you do?

Posted 08 April 2010 - 03:48 PM

Friends like to call me "The Over-achiever". I work on 3-6 projects at work throughout the week, and then work on personal projects each night after work - in a typical week, I'd say that I work on somewhere between 6 and 15 projects, varying in size/complexity.
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 04:54 PM

Yes.
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 07:40 PM

I do one at a time, but I always have a few open. If I get stymied on one I switch to the next so I don't waste time (in theory. in practice I usually end up here when stymied).
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Posted 09 April 2010 - 01:49 AM

yep but the company i work for is not so big so 3-5 is my top. currently working on 3 only. i find it idiotic because i think for the first and working on the second and that force me to make mistakes.
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Posted 09 April 2010 - 01:13 PM

View PostChoscura, on 09 April 2010 - 01:40 AM, said:

If I get stymied on one I switch to the next so I don't waste time (in theory. in practice I usually end up here when
stymied).

Even if the boss is looking over your shoulder? :gun_bandana:
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Posted 09 April 2010 - 05:44 PM

If your a freelancer yes of course, but in my limited experience, I usually just go nuts on one project until its 95% finish and move onto something else, within most typical programming job, you typically work on one big system.
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Posted 09 April 2010 - 11:41 PM

yeah, I have to much stuff going on.
I focus on Schelling my projects by importance and funding.

1> What needs to get done.
2> Do I have the means to get it done?

number three usually involves sacrifices and the extra hard work that it takes to get the projects done. I would say that I've been doing better at getting things done over the past few years.

...even though it took almost 4years to get my patient...
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Re: What do you do?

Posted 12 April 2010 - 09:00 PM

View Postsam.adams61, on 08 April 2010 - 04:35 PM, said:

is it normal to find yourself working on more than one project at a time?

I've only had 2 or 3 coding projects going at once, but I have had up to 12 items in for repair at my shop. I use a self modified version of xrms to keep everything well documented & just make sure the documentation stays updated for when customers call or need to be contacted.
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Posted 12 April 2010 - 09:02 PM

I currently have like 6 projects I want to do, and none that I seem to be able to accomplish. I'm a novice programmer. Does that answer it?
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Re: What do you do?

Posted 13 April 2010 - 08:19 AM

depends on a week by week basis i maintain a couple of projects have ideas for about 3 projects and actively work on 2 -3
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Re: What do you do?

Posted 14 April 2010 - 11:14 AM

View Postjohnmatthais, on 13 April 2010 - 03:02 AM, said:

I currently have like 6 projects I want to do, and none that I seem to be able to accomplish. I'm a novice programmer. Does that answer it?

Been there; done that; got the t-shirt, and still wearing it ... like a hamster on the wheel, that's me. I wonder, is that the experience of many folk who are novice/self-taught? Be interested to know.
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Re: What do you do?

Posted 14 April 2010 - 11:49 AM

I am so bad about having multiple projects going it's disgusting.

Currently, here's what I have in the works:
  • Blackjack game
  • Text-based RPG
  • Guitar tablature program
  • Stock market program


I'm currently not professional either. What I've realized is that sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. Rather than struggling with my current project endlessly, I pick an easier one that I can get done and learn from. If that is also too hard, then I pick something easier. When I feel that I'm ready, I go back to my project that was stumping me initially. Eventually, I'll get them all done but it certainly is an exercise in patience.


That list is ordered by difficulty in ascending order by the way.
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Re: What do you do?

Posted 15 April 2010 - 05:36 AM

I have been wanting to tackle a Text-based RPG for a while. The programming aspect is never what stumps me though it's the storylines, characters, items etc :(

I usually have 4/5 ideas floating around my head, have multiple projects going at once and normally work on them all moving from project to project as the current one I am working on frustrates me or I fancy a change. Normally the quickest way for me to work despite sounding completely inefficient.
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Re: What do you do?

Posted 15 April 2010 - 06:42 AM

I usually have about 3-6 projects going on at the same time at work. Then I have my own projects I'm working on at home, plus school projects, so it can get pretty eventful lol. I tackled a text-based rpg back in 00-01, on c++ console, codewarrior... I'll have to look around to see if i still have the cpp's. Anyways, if you feel you cannot tackle a project, your just not looking at it from the right angle.

do{
   doResearch()
   writeCode()
   askQuestions()
}while(stillHaventCompleted)



There will always be a first time for everything. Be willing to test your boundaries and learn new things.

As far as managing projects are concerned, there will always be those projects that get dropped due to lack of funding, or just not enough time in the day. Tackle the projects you care about, but don't be focused on completing everything 100%, it will drive you nuts, and often, cannot be done. Don't get discouraged if you hit a brick wall, it builds you up as you solve problems.
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