What bad habits has programming given you?

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What bad habits has programming given you?

Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:13 PM

Saw this question and thought it was interesting!
Programming has given me a lot and it still does every single day. But I have however also gotten some bad habits from the mindset that I have put myself in. There simply are some things that are deeply rooted in my nature, though some of them I wish I could get rid of.

A few:

Looking for polymorphism, inheritance and patterns in ALL of God's creations.
Explaining the size of something in pixels and colors in hex code.
Using code related abstract terms in everyday conversations.


How have you been damaged? :)

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Re: What bad habits has programming given you?

Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:17 PM

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View Postabsynthe, on 11 Nov, 2008 - 11:13 PM, said:

How have you been damaged?

While writing in assembler for lengthy periods of time, I get a serious feeling of control over the computer. It makes me want to distance myself from others because you can't control a human in that way. The human has feelings & does as it wants. The computer will always do as it's told. It's sort of a surreal feeling, almost like a high I suppose. Maybe a little mad-scientist-ish.

Also I get lazy. I wish cut & paste worked in real life like it does on the puter. I sometimes don't want to actually hand write something I'm looking at. Why have two of them? Copy & paste. Real life just isn't very efficient.
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Re: What bad habits has programming given you?

Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:28 PM

Ah...I also dread the way I look for OOP style in life too.

Well, real life has never been efficient...that's why we have computers...:P
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Re: What bad habits has programming given you?

Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:53 PM

I've become so lazy that I've even written a program that reduces typing and mouse-clicks to open/start other folders/programs.


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Looking for polymorphism, inheritance and patterns in ALL of God's creations.

Here's something else worth pondering over.
If the Universe is a Program written by God, does it terminate? When?
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Re: What bad habits has programming given you?

Posted 11 November 2008 - 11:01 PM

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If the Universe is a Program written by God, does it terminate? When?


Dont think it will for a long long time!! Infinite Loop :) Keep repeating the same shit over...........................and over..................................and over......................................and over.........................................................and over........................................................................and over...
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Re: What bad habits has programming given you?

Posted 12 November 2008 - 03:18 AM

Well, to get away from God again (who seems to be strangely omnipresent on this site) (Absynthe, do you really talk like that?)

Bad habits I get from coding:

Expecting people to respond logically to problems.
Getting annoyed if people don't understand simple statements like "no".
Trying to organise things to be object-oriented. That works part of the time - I keep the teapot next to the tea, but I still have to open another cupboard to get a cup. The wardrobe is a problem - winter things together, small things together, colours together? I find myself standing there being irritated because it is not ordered properly.
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Re: What bad habits has programming given you?

Posted 12 November 2008 - 03:25 AM

View Postabsynthe, on 11 Nov, 2008 - 09:13 PM, said:

How have you been damaged? :)


I dont know why but my creative muse strikes about 1-2 AM, if I want to ride the wave I end up getting no sleep until bout 7 or 8 the next morning with no sleep. KILLS my sleep schedule and dealing with family n stuff, plus I have serious immune system problems so if I hit 2 weird nights in a row with no sleep I could end up in pretty serious trouble *sigh* Why can't the stroke of genius hit some other time of the day???

Oh yeah item #2, trying to explain to ANYone what I was able to accomplish when I get a brainstorm and pull off what for me is some pretty slick logic that I'm kinda proud of. Wife, she starts to sweat and asks me to stop when I walk her through a data flow diagram, send code to buddies to have them run it and they're like, huh yeah ok nice program... Try to find someone who GETS it to talk with!!! ARHGHGHHH!

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Re: What bad habits has programming given you?

Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:23 AM

Well, last year in calculus, we were supposed to write out all of our steps, and give a description of our process. I started to write all these litte bits of info as comments on the paper itself, in pen. Even now, whenever i cite something on homework there is usually a // involved.

On the OOP side, I start to create a buildings class in my head whenever I walk around campus, and see how many functions and members I can think to include in it.
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Re: What bad habits has programming given you?

Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:25 AM

View Postabsynthe, on 11 Nov, 2008 - 11:13 PM, said:

How have you been damaged? :)


When you combine a touch of dyslexia, with a bit of absentmindedness, and multiple languages. You get the first draft of any document you write filled with unusual syntax, statements, and weird word replacements. My favourite word replacement is stdio for studio.

It just took me 5 seconds, to remember how to spell studio :(
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Re: What bad habits has programming given you?

Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:25 AM

View PostRedSonja, on 12 Nov, 2008 - 03:18 AM, said:

Well, to get away from God again (who seems to be strangely omnipresent on this site) (Absynthe, do you really talk like that?)


We get it, you hate God. You don't have to say it every 5 minutes. It's getting annoying as hell.

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I think about things more analytically now, even if the situation does not call for it.
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Re: What bad habits has programming given you?

Posted 12 November 2008 - 01:23 PM

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I think about things more analytically now, even if the situation does not call for it.

I do that too :P
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Re: What bad habits has programming given you?

Posted 12 November 2008 - 02:17 PM

I've always had an analytical mind for one reason or another so i suppose that is why coding, for the most part, comes so naturally to me.

One thing that i have noticed though is that I tend to try and be as efficient as possible like planning my trip so it operates in a circular manner and hitting all the stops in order without having to backtrack.....I even wrote a small program that lets you pick items you want to buy in Wal-Mart and then it sorts and prints them out in the order they are in the store so that you can just go in one side of the store and walk around getting everything you need without having to go back for things..... ;)
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Re: What bad habits has programming given you?

Posted 12 November 2008 - 07:34 PM

I've noticed that programming gives me a "black-and-white" view of the world. People complain about problems, and I reduce them to a series of choices. I don't see shades of gray very easily.

I also tend to make comments and notes on paper using double slashes.

I don't know if either of these are necessarily bad habits though :P
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Re: What bad habits has programming given you?

Posted 12 November 2008 - 09:08 PM

View PostMoonbat, on 12 Nov, 2008 - 08:34 PM, said:

I've noticed that programming gives me a "black-and-white" view of the world. People complain about problems, and I reduce them to a series of choices. I don't see shades of gray very easily.

I also tend to make comments and notes on paper using double slashes.

I don't know if either of these are necessarily bad habits though :P


Love that! Good answer!!
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Re: What bad habits has programming given you?

Posted 12 November 2008 - 09:54 PM

I write much of the time (in notes) like I do when I am coding.

x != 5 doesn't mean that the factorial of x = 5... people just don't seem to understand...
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