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I generally spend a lot of time on the computer. A LOT. Probably 5 or 6 hours on free days. But I''m not being productive anymore. I used to code a lot, and learn, and make games and stuff, but now all I do on the computer is surf the web, troll GDNet, or play games (MoH:AA:S, UT2k3, and AoM are my poisons...). How can I get back to programming. I''ve got all the tools, tons of books, but I just can''t get myself to program. Are there any ways where I can be 90% productive on the computer instead of 3% productive? I just want to learn more and program more and stop feel like I''m not doing anything. I don''t know if I''ve hit a wall or something because I''m only 13. I know all of Cs syntax, about 95% of C++ syntax, and how to progam both of them pretty well. I absolutely suck at design however. I have Code Complete, but I haven''t gotten too far into it yet. Whenever I read it I want to code, but by the time I get past the boot-up, that turns urge turns off. Any ways I can get myself to program? Thanks!

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hey - used to have same problem.

The cure-all solution: JUST DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lol.

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That''s the only real answer, just do it. There are a couple articles about motivation located here:
http://www.dexterity.com/articles/?PHPSESSID=e2bcc078370b71d70e8e412f8af01970

A good tip I think is in one of those articles is... just tell yourself you''re going to write one function, or section of code.. and go from there.. if you do more great, if not, well not so great but you''ve got that function done.

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Start a project. Something you are really excited about, encompassing all that you''ve learnt. That''s what motivates me.

[ vangelis ]

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Hey, you''re only thirteen. You probably need to take a step back and decide if you really like programming or if its something you do just because you''re good at it.

Maybe you need to take a brake for a while.

I have a bit of a problem that when I have games on my computer, I can''t get anything done, if I have a good game going. So I tend to limit myself to 1 game on my computer at a time. If I install a new one then I uninstall the old one. This way although you want to finish the game you can only play a game for so long before you get tired or bored of it and start to look for other things to keep your interest, like programming.

I know that if I want to make games, I can''t play them.

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Original post by tuxx
A LOT. Probably 5 or 6 hours on free days.


thats what you call A LOT? maybe you should just add another 6 hours...



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13? Shouldn''t you be smoking behind the bike-shed or throwing eggs at peoples windows?

You could do what I wish I had done. Stick in at "Art and Design" at school and that way, eventually, you''d be able to make your own content for your games.

Programming can start to suck when all you do is display box primitives or apply primary colour texture maps etc.

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I''m 14, and I have much the same problem. I desided to switch to linux so I could program without restarting my computer every hour or so, but somthing went horrably wrong, and my computer couldn''t be used any more (not for a while at least). To pass the time I borrowed a console from a freind... and zelda has become my bain. I don''t enjoy playingit, because I want to write games, and I can''t write games because I can''t stop fiddling on a console. It a viciouse cycle... y''know? I started programjming so I oculd write an MMORPG one day (I am one of the many), but my heart isn''t in it anymore. Perhaps I should be telling this to a siciatrist ( don''t bother to correct my spelling ).

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Is not that what all of us do. Start something really good, get bored and find somthing else to do. Is that not the typical pattern of computer programmers? Start on super robot 5000 and then watch star trek and then listen to heavy metal (to give the false impression of a tough guy and not some trekkie nerd), Play UT, Work on super robot 5000 etc etc etc

Anyway playing games is important so that we know whats good and bad. But you''re right, you can spend too much time surfing the net and playing games, when you should be looking for a job, like I should be right now!

Job, in this country, who the fuck am I kidding!

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I usually do a lot of coding for about two months or so, and then do something else for a while. The thing is to have something interesting to code. You can''t just code (so the above suggestion of getting a project is a good one). As for the games, there''s only one solution - uninstall and destroy. I wasted the fall playing Heroes III. One night in front of the computer, at about 01.30, I suddenly realised that it had gone too far. I wasn''t playing because it was fun, I was just playing - it consumed all of my time and I was mostly none the happier anyways. So I uninstalled the game and broke the CD. It felt gooood lemme tell you.

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