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Explain this to me...

When I was a green developer, I used to go through this "thing": developing got me bored. It made me sleepy.  I wanted to get up and go do something else instead of cracking my head trying to solve whatever it was that was bothering me.

Now that I'm not that green, I stopped feeling that. I can spend literally hours looking at a problem and not feel out of focus. I know this comes with experience, but has any of you felt anything like that?

RP
Sunday, May 09, 2004

Yeah,  I still get it periodically.  It's seems to be directly proportinal to my understanding of the problem and inversely proportinal to the weather.

_
Sunday, May 09, 2004

I feel compelled to point out that I can, indeed, spell proportional...  why is that?

_
Sunday, May 09, 2004

Because, _, you desire our respect.  And even if we don't know who we are, we can still mock you :-)

On the other hand, perhaps you can't stand the loose ends?  How tidy is your closet...

Scot
Sunday, May 09, 2004

Oh the irony... "even if we don't know who you are"...

Scot
Sunday, May 09, 2004

It's not only programming.  I learned a foreign language while in a foreign country, by practicing it as often as I could, and the mental effort of retraining my brain to think in that language made me physically exhausted.

Kyralessa
Sunday, May 09, 2004

I think it's that learning burns a lot of calories, which would make one sleepy.  Perhaps creating new neural pathways makes old ones weaker, so you get fuzzy?  I've had the same thing happen.

Aaron F Stanton
Sunday, May 09, 2004

Just the opposite. Now I get bored, never used to.


Sunday, May 09, 2004

Ehm... perhaps this is obvious to some but what is a 'green' developer?

Matt
Sunday, May 09, 2004

green is a term used to describe something/one that is not quite ready for the big time.

I would assume that this is derived from the fact that fruit tends to be green before it is ripe. A green orange  is still an orange, but it is not yet ready to be eaten.

... and a #6 is waiting for anyone that decides to point out that some fruits (Granny Smith apples anyone) are still green when they ripen!

Tapiwa
Sunday, May 09, 2004

Oh ok.
Well yeah I tend to feel like that sometimes need to take a break from trying to solve problems. Often find it actually helps, when you come back to it you can concentrate better, or often the answer will just 'come to you' when you're not actively working on the problem just relaxing a bit. Don't think that's a bad thing at all

Matt
Sunday, May 09, 2004

We actually paint all the new monkeys green.  After a while the paint fades and we assume they now know something... takes about a year.

_
Sunday, May 09, 2004

Learning Ada had that effect for me.  See:

http://discuss.fogcreek.com/joelonsoftware/default.asp?cmd=show&ixPost=103147&ixReplies=26

pds
Sunday, May 09, 2004

Maybe it is just me, but I'm the opposite way round. I used to be young and enthusiastic, now I'm old and apathetic.


Monday, May 10, 2004

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