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You codeproject guys are adding definition/synonyms to your CCC?. Now I see why only five members have been answering the CCC for the last two years. You have memorized each others CCC characteristics.
So, if I want to get into dangerous programming overdrive, some "alert authorities before ingestion" type coffee plus some good music works wonders. What's your goto music for getting into the programming zone?
Though I'm 55 and the music of the mid-70s was 'my music', I almost always find myself going to the 90s for the good stuff. The Pumpkins' "Mellon Collie and Infinite Sadness" or "Siamese Dream" seriously move me. And, strangely I somehow managed to miss the whole shoegaze thing back when it was happening, but I really love a lot of that these days. Something like My Bloody Valentine's Sometimes really speaks to me. No Doubt's Magic Kingdom, the RHCPs, Blues Traveler Four, Tori Amos' Little Earthquakes, Radiohead (everything pretty much), the Jellyfish, Fionna Apple's Tidal, Mazzy Star, and on and on.
In retrospect, I think that the 90s was sort of the last great peak of music before everyone just starting stealing it and before massive digital manipulation became a matter of course. Not that I don't like the 60s/70s, I just never get the urge to put any of it on with a cup o'joe and program like a crazy man.
If I listen to music while coding it is to shut out the distracting noises from around me.
So I usually choose Bach(anything from The Well Tempered Clavier to the St Matthew Passion) or more recently Palestrina - as the music needs to be something that will not distract me from my thoughts but will mask distractions coming from loud people in the office or cereal bowl clanking.
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I'm 31 and I use the same method. Dangerous amounts of caffeine mixed with music. Which music depends on my mood but I usually switch between:
* Old school heavy metal (Metallica, Armored Saints, Judas Priest, Dio)
* Blue Oyster Cult, Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac
* Power / Epic Metal (Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, Rhapsody of Fire, Dragonforce)
* Grunge, a lot of it (especially Alice in Chains and Soundgarden)
* Gothic: Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Sisters of Mercy, Type O Negative
* Alternative metal: Korn, System of a down, Slipknot and some Italian band on that turf
* Rave music: mainly Prodigy and Ministry.
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I'm a huge Pink Floyd fan, and the music I used to make back when I was able to have a wee studio was very Floydian in nature. But it's just not something I'd listen to while working for whatever reason.
When you are at the keyboard as much as I am, silence can become an oppressive, scary thing. It starts pressing in on me. And I really don't find music distracting, at least not in a bad way. I'm so apt to just go Rain Mode when programming that it's probably good for me to throw down some bread crumbs along the way.