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Offline Slyth2727
« Posted 2013-08-16 22:56:08 »

What do you guys do when you are either rather burnt out on programming or need to figure out something?
I personally play my guitar and play Minecraft (Classic teenager here Wink ).

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Offline tyeeeee1
« Reply #1 - Posted 2013-08-16 23:19:07 »

I usually either forget about coding all together for a few days to a few weeks and then one day I'll think up some easy solution to whatever problem had me burnt out and I'll go back. Some of the main things that I do during my 'burnt-out' time would be to play the odd game, read up on programming.reddit, java.reddit, coding.reddit, etc... learn some more math, watch shows or watch a movie.
Offline Otreum

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2013-08-16 23:20:09 »

Embrace the flames! MUAHAHAHAHAHAH!

I try to just re-focus more than go do something else. I know if I play a game, I won't stop playing it.

If I do play a game however, I want to play something similar to what i'm creating, but unfortunately, there isn't anything similar to what i'm creating, and the games that are close, I will want to invest hours and hours in, and become a little addicted Tongue
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Offline opiop65

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2013-08-16 23:20:57 »

I just sit back for a couple seconds and think about the problem. Weirdly enough, that usually solves it. When I was taking high school computer science I would get stuck on a problem, the class would end and I would figure out the problem to my answer almost 5 minutes after! Mad me so mad.

Offline Slyth2727
« Reply #4 - Posted 2013-08-16 23:22:32 »

Yeah I'm taking my high school java class for an easy A this year (Hopefully). I bet that'll happen with me Wink. Freshman year's gonna be interesting..

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Offline Jeremy
« Reply #5 - Posted 2013-08-16 23:44:02 »

Sometimes I'll be stuck on some code design problem or algorithm design problem and I'll sit there in front of my computer for hours getting head-aches, growing frustrated and (sometimes) cursing at the IDE for doing stupid annoying things that waste my time (like loseing sync with resource files etc...)

Then I figured out that that really just makes the entire process a lot more painful - and doing something relaxing with the problem in mind, you will usually muster up a solution in a few hours.

So I would just get something to eat, watch TV etc when I'm burnt out. I'm typically not burnt our for longer than two or three hours though. Except - err merr gerrd - I take Electrical Engineering courses at university and over the summer I have virtually 0 time to do any Java programming, they put you in C on microcontrollers and VHDL\Verilog with PLDs and you really get nothing much relevant to Java... So recently I haven't done much programming during my days at university (going back in a month now...)

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Offline Troncoso

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« Reply #6 - Posted 2013-08-16 23:55:18 »

You guys wait until you get some sort of development job (if you ever plan to). I love Java, but after doing PHP for 8 hours a day, it's hard to come home and open eclipse.
Offline opiop65

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« Reply #7 - Posted 2013-08-17 00:27:55 »

I actually really want to be a pilot, and develop programs on the side as just a hobby! I've found that giving me deadlines for my coding projects really stresses me out to the point where I write bad code, delete entire projects and end up screaming at my computer at some points. I don't handle stress well apparently Tongue However, giving me a deadline also motivates me a lot to learn more and strive for harder goals, so maybe I'm stressed out because I end up having to research for the first half of the deadline and then actually cram coding into the second half. As a hobby, its really nice to come home after a long day and just relax and code something that doesn't require me to research hours upon hours of stuff. But that's just me!

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« Reply #8 - Posted 2013-08-17 00:33:34 »

When I'm too burnt out to program, I help those that aren't.

Offline opiop65

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« Reply #9 - Posted 2013-08-17 00:43:16 »

When I'm too burnt out to program, I help those that aren't.
This. I feel like I'm just starting to get to the point where I can offer useful advice to others and it really makes me happy. I also learn a lot along the way, so it's a win-win.

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Offline jonjava
« Reply #10 - Posted 2013-08-17 01:03:47 »

Spend too much time on this forum as of late :V

Offline Eli Delventhal

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« Reply #11 - Posted 2013-08-17 01:14:17 »

I go to work and program anyway.  Pointing

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Offline Z-Man
« Reply #12 - Posted 2013-08-17 01:40:36 »

I don't every really get burnt out on programming, what usually happens is a get burnt out on a project. So I just switch to working on a different project Grin granted jumping from project to project isn't very productive for any one project but it keeps me interested and having fun. However on the rare occasion that I do get burnt out on programming or just don't feel like programming I usually go play a game that someone else made. Playing other games also helps me come up with ideas for the games I'm working on.
Offline Andre Lopes
« Reply #13 - Posted 2013-08-17 01:54:32 »

I don't every really get burnt out on programming, what usually happens is a get burnt out on a project. So I just switch to working on a different project Grin granted jumping from project to project isn't very productive for any one project but it keeps me interested and having fun. However on the rare occasion that I do get burnt out on programming or just don't feel like programming I usually go play a game that someone else made. Playing other games also helps me come up with ideas for the games I'm working on.

I usually go play other game, maybe record a video for youtube,  and complain that nobody watches is or comment on it and hm, well, i suggest you to get a girlfriend if you dont have one.

Or go to troll at some game, i suggest a f2p game.
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« Reply #14 - Posted 2013-08-17 02:31:31 »

Reddit and Battlefield 3. That's what I've been doing for the past few months...... persecutioncomplex

Offline cubemaster21
« Reply #15 - Posted 2013-08-17 02:32:51 »

Reddit, TF2, or maybe even do something I'm actually supposed to be doing...

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Offline relminator
« Reply #16 - Posted 2013-08-17 02:35:21 »

Movies, 3DS, NDS, PSP, Cable TV, or just Fixing something on the house.  The problem when I do gaming and I play a long game, I forget about coding for months. ;*(
Offline SHC
« Reply #17 - Posted 2013-08-17 02:41:40 »

If I'm burnt, at first I'll say "Help! Doctor!" (joke)

If I'm burnt in programming, I'll first shuts off my computer and switch on my TV and go to "Comedy" channel. Or, I'll sleep for a time.

Offline ReBirth
« Reply #18 - Posted 2013-08-17 03:09:45 »

- Light level: change project
- Medium level: change to project with different language
- Hard level: procras for about 2-3h and come back later
- Fatal level: waste the day

Offline Andre Lopes
« Reply #19 - Posted 2013-08-17 04:56:03 »

- Light level: change project
- Medium level: change to project with different language
- Hard level: procras for about 2-3h and come back later
- Fatal level: waste the day

Can i change that a bit to adequate to my life??

- Light level: Music, probably metallica or some youtube Video
- Medium level: Play Battlefield or Some other PC game
- Hard level: Call my future gf
- Fatal level: Go to Sleep and hopefully god will bring the answer in my sleep.

Well.
Idk
Offline zngga
« Reply #20 - Posted 2013-08-17 06:04:10 »

Reddit and Battlefield 3...

Oh really... what is your Battlefield IGN, we might as well procrastinate together.

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Offline namrog84

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« Reply #21 - Posted 2013-08-17 06:26:42 »

I ended up not program or doing any gamedev for almost 7+ months. I got burnt out big time(combined with other things).  But also life sometimes got in the way/distraction.


But typically, play a game, go watch a movie or do something different.

Maybe learn something new, a musical instrument,  3D modeling. 

"Experience is what you get when you did not get what you wanted"
Offline gouessej
« Reply #22 - Posted 2013-08-17 12:11:20 »

You guys wait until you get some sort of development job (if you ever plan to). I love Java, but after doing PHP for 8 hours a day, it's hard to come home and open eclipse.
I do Java/Ada/C/C++ about 7.5 hours a day and I open Eclipse when I'm back home. When I'm at work, I've no choice, I just earn money to make a (not too much unpleasant) job, it's like being forced to eat bad food  Sad When it becomes really impossible to undergo, I will find another job and so on...

When I'm at home, I'm happy to open Eclipse Kepler and Netbeans, I like spending time in my own source code (and in the source code of other people too), it's rather like proposing a pretty woman to come to see me every day, I say to myself "I'm gonna turn you on"... You see what I mean  Grin

i suggest you to get a girlfriend if you dont have one
Andre, you make me laugh  Grin

I don't get any burn out when programming but sometimes my personal problems prevent me from having enough available intellectual resources and spare time for my projects. Anyway, I don't watch TV, I prefer posting my videos on GNU Mediagoblin (I will move my Youtube videos into this service), I don't wait for being fed up to play with video games or going to restaurants. I write a lot. I don't have any problem of audience unlike Andre (one of my videos has been seen more than 20 000 times, I have received almost 900 000 visits on my previous blog and about 130 000 on my current one) but I'm not obsessed by this aspect.

Online ra4king

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« Reply #23 - Posted 2013-08-17 20:56:34 »

Reddit and Battlefield 3...

Oh really... what is your Battlefield IGN, we might as well procrastinate together.
ra4king1, let's play! Cheesy

Offline Andre Lopes
« Reply #24 - Posted 2013-08-18 02:24:27 »

You guys wait until you get some sort of development job (if you ever plan to). I love Java, but after doing PHP for 8 hours a day, it's hard to come home and open eclipse.
I do Java/Ada/C/C++ about 7.5 hours a day and I open Eclipse when I'm back home. When I'm at work, I've no choice, I just earn money to make a (not too much unpleasant) job, it's like being forced to eat bad food  Sad When it becomes really impossible to undergo, I will find another job and so on...

When I'm at home, I'm happy to open Eclipse Kepler and Netbeans, I like spending time in my own source code (and in the source code of other people too), it's rather like proposing a pretty woman to come to see me every day, I say to myself "I'm gonna turn you on"... You see what I mean  Grin

i suggest you to get a girlfriend if you dont have one
Andre, you make me laugh  Grin

I don't get any burn out when programming but sometimes my personal problems prevent me from having enough available intellectual resources and spare time for my projects. Anyway, I don't watch TV, I prefer posting my videos on GNU Mediagoblin (I will move my Youtube videos into this service), I don't wait for being fed up to play with video games or going to restaurants. I write a lot. I don't have any problem of audience unlike Andre (one of my videos has been seen more than 20 000 times, I have received almost 900 000 visits on my previous blog and about 130 000 on my current one) but I'm not obsessed by this aspect.

Yeah well, they say that behind every good programmer theres a hot chick.
Well, im trying to be a good programmer.

LOL

jking Tongue

You know i was just kidding, right?
Tongue
Offline ReBirth
« Reply #25 - Posted 2013-08-18 02:56:49 »

- Hard level: Call my future gf
Well, that sounds sad...

Offline zngga
« Reply #26 - Posted 2013-08-18 07:00:59 »


zngga, but I play on PS3... oh well.

For the sake of pleasing the On-Topic-Gods, I normally take a temporary hiatus from programming. Temporary: ranging anywhere from a couple hours to a couple years... Sometimes I will even play some Battlefield 3 with awesome people from awesome forum sites if those people so happen to be awesome enough to own a PlayStation!  Emo

When I am really stuck on a programming problem that I 'have to figure out'... yeah, that kind of 'have'... then I like to just sit and do absolutely nothing for a couple minutes, normally I can go back with fresh eyes. Otherwise I follow this very informative flow chart

My code never has bugs... it just develops unexpected features!
Offline gouessej
« Reply #27 - Posted 2013-08-18 08:53:42 »

Yeah well, they say that behind every good programmer theres a hot chick.
Well, im trying to be a good programmer.

LOL

jking Tongue

You know i was just kidding, right?
Tongue
Then, I'm trying to be a good programmer too  Cool Yes you were kidding... a bit.

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« Reply #28 - Posted 2013-09-15 08:48:23 »

Beside doing my actual work to finish studying at university?

  • hiking
  • cooking
  • playing a game
Offline DrHalfway
« Reply #29 - Posted 2013-09-15 14:39:50 »

When I'm burnt out, I go play a good game of dota with mates. If I'm burnt out of dota, I just write programming tutorials.

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