more seriously, I get a genuine physical high when I complete some interesting bit of code.
it's a bit like smoking that way, I think. Most of the time smokers just smoke, without real pleasure or enjoyment, to fulfil the craving., But once in a while, there's that smoke that just feels goooood. Maybe after a meal - maybe after a coffee. Maybe the first one in the morning on a day off work.
Same with the coding. Some days I'm just on auto pilot doing it for 'the man'.
Other days I'm getting such a buzz that I keep going and get a real buzz.
Of course, there are bad trips too (VS2010 is the dirty-needle of WPF addiction)
But when I did give it up (to be a manager) I just didn't enjoy it - and still coded after work.
Coding is not Addictive. We are in Love with coding it is not our addiction. It is our Love. Hence became part of our Life. It can make us feel every emotion of life - Anger, Fear, Happiness, Satisfaction, Sadness etc. Just like a great Partner.
I would say not much more addictive than chocolate, but... I enjoy writing software since I was kid, and for some time I get paid to do what I love.
So the question is why I would like to stop something that is both enjoyable and profitable?
"My software never has bugs. It just develops random features."
I had to give it up cold turkey in order to pass my degree course. I taught myself assembler and it was taking too much of my time. I had withdrawal pains for ten years or more, until Sinclair brought out his MK14 computer kit, based on a National Semiconductor SC/MP. Although painfully slow, it gave me some relief!
If I won the lottery I'd walk away in a heartbeat.
Yeah! Me too!
...although... I've always meant to go back to the Rexx Interpreter I wrote once (actually twice - for two different companies) and re-work it to be more efficient and to add the object orientation stuff that is popular in Rexx circles these days.
NO VB! No, no no; never again! That I could stick to.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
... that's addictive to me. I've found over the last few years that I'm able to put down the keyboard at home and especially on vacation. It used to be that I would at least think about programming if I couldn't get to a keyboard. But now, I find learning new languages is most rewarding and addictive and I guess secondarily, programming using them by going over tutorials and such.
Learning by doing.
Understanding different systems,platforms, frameworks and architectures.
A Process of problem solving.
Improving people's efficiency and standard of living.
Electronic projects may give the same meaning but I probably get my hands dirty by soldering , making PCBs, flying wires ,analyze the problem with oscilloscope and dealing with burnt electronic components.
I found that I code was addictive during my adolescence up to my late 20's. But lately I've been feeling like I'm getting bored with it. Maybe now because I'm not learning anything new and working with the same dull enterprise apps as always...
I think a need something stronger
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
That's all it is, really, not so different from plumbing or carpentry, except that plumbers and carpenters use more math than most programmers. We're virtual construction workers, no need to make it into anything fancier than that.
The Question with the subsequent Statement is is conflicting such that the answer, when it negates the former, it affirms the latter.
The question posed is: Is coding addictive?
It is then followed with grayed-text reading: I, personally, can give it up at any time I wanted to.
Finally, two mutually exclusive answers are presented ~ "Yes" & "No".
OK, if coding is addictive, the answer must be "Yes". However, of the grayed-text statement of "I, personally, can give it up at any time I wanted to.", they can't affirm ("Yes") they can stop at any time, for addicts are statistically and historically proven they can't stop their addiction.
In short the answer presents opposites to the question/statement combo.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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