Coder’s Block

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block I’ve heard of writer’s block, but never dealt with coder’s block until today. Seriously, I’ve always been able to just unleash that kernel of code simmering inside in a big pop of keyboard slamming.

As an aside, my wife and her friend happened to walk in on a coding session one day and they remarked that they could easily do what I do. Why, I’m simply stabbing at the keys at random! They proceeded to mimic me jamming the keyboard as an insane pianist attempting to perform a Liszt piece at twice the speed might do. Hmm, hopefully my clients don’t find out and replace me with a monkey.

But today, alas, I’m tipping my head to the side, and nothing is pouring out. Zip. Guess it’s time to take a break and maybe buy some books.

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  1. Avatar for christopher baus
    christopher baus June 2nd, 2005

    I've had this. I call it burnout.

  2. Avatar for Dimitri Glazkov
    Dimitri Glazkov June 2nd, 2005

    Nah, probably just need a beer or two. Or maybe the gods of programming are mad at you for pooh-poohing the OO patterns. Write three Factories, one Decorator, and half-a-Strategy, and you should be good as new.

  3. Avatar for haacked
    haacked June 2nd, 2005

    Well if it appeases the gods, I just bought Refactoring to Patterns and Head First Patterns... So lay off my back! ;)

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    Colin June 2nd, 2005

    The same thing happened to me after I went on vacation and moved. It lasted about three weeks. I finally got back into the grove by going through the ASP.NET 2.0 beta 2 classes with reflector, and by brushing up on C and C++ (which I haven't used in over a year).

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    Scott June 2nd, 2005

    Ehhh, try learning a new language or just writing a little helper function for your current project. That usually is enough to break me out of a coding funk.

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    haacked June 2nd, 2005

    Thanks for the tips. I think getting sleep is probably my best bet. It's more a matter of motivation than really being blocked. I bought a few books and reading them is getting me pumped. Plus my wife is back home, which is helpful.

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    Gerry June 3rd, 2005

    Happens to me sometimes... then I open photoshop or fruityloops and attemp to do something artistic.

    Refactoring To Patterns is by far the best GoF Design Patterns book I know of (especially if you're mostly C#), the Head First books look awesome, their weblog is amazing.

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    TheTruth February 14th, 2017

    Ah, I need a wife damn it.