Besides dreaming of coding I solved several problems in several areas like calculus and physics.
I love physics a lot and once I dreamt that I time is three dimensional . Since I have one type of narcolepsy (no I don't fall asleep all of the sudden) I have a very unique characteristic of this condition which is to have lucid dreams.
So I remember very well about how I came up that time is three dimensional, except for some details. I just wish I had more resources so I could research it for real, because it was really, really cool.
It's much more likely to be bogus though
To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems - Homer Simpson
---- Our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction - Francis Picabia
I have woken up in the middle of the night in a panic because I am stuck in a "for" loop that will not exit.
I get up to releive myself and only then do I finally wake up enough to realize that the programming loop does not exist and it was only a dream.
When I was teaching a beginning Windows programming course many, many moons ago, I had a study that was dreaming about coding. Then his alarm clock went off and he spent time in the dream looking for the handle to the alarm clock object so he could call the snooze method on it.
That sounds precious - but what I mean is that when I dream like this, it's a strange dream programming - I never dream of programming. I recently dreamed that my son was crying and that I was running some sort of blended patch programming language (like MAX/MSP or Quartz Composer) to fix what his problem was.
I also vaguely remember a dream where I was adding something to my house with code.
Stuff like that. It's always a little frustrating to wake and realize that what I dreamt was impossible (at least for now )
"the meat from that butcher is just the dogs danglies, absolutely amazing cuts of beef." - DaveAuld (2011) "No, that is just the earthly manifestation of the Great God Retardon." - Nagy Vilmos (2011)
"It is the celestial scrotum of good luck!" - Nagy Vilmos (2011)
"But you probably have the smoothest scrotum of any grown man" - Pete O'Hanlon (2012)
It happened to me often that I found solutions to programming problems when dreaming or just dozing. I don't really think that this is such an uncommon thing to happen. Indeed I also believe that a lot of work is done by our brain when we are not conscious. Sleep deprivation experiments have shown that we need sleep in order to function properly, albeit some need more than others, and it is not only about giving the body a rest, but also sorting things out in our mind. Lets call it post-processing and a little garbage collection.
That is part of the reason I deliberately take a five or ten minute break from development pretty much every hour. Doing something unrelated to the task at hand helps to focus me on the essentials of the task, rather than the details of the problem I was trying to solve. I often find that when I pick it up again, I have a clearer view of what I am trying to do, and can work a lot more effectively.
I know it sounds odd, but not doing my job all the time makes me better, and more efficient at doing my job!
Ideological Purity is no substitute for being able to stick your thumb down a pipe to stop the water
This is very common and integral to how brain works. Brain does lot of its work in dream/sub-conscious state. Sometimes it is in an actual dream you can remember and sometimes you see that you know the solution to a problem as soon as you wake up from sleep/nap.
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