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Do you ever get burnt out from coding?

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After finishing the 800+ pages tome known as data structures for game programmers, I felt like I needed a break. Whew. Im taking the next two weeks off before delving into allegro. My mind just feels exhausted and tired. Anyone else ever gone through this?  Need a break to refresh the mind before moving ahead?

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Always. I am a hobby programmer and I usually program for only a few months in a row, then a few months of no coding comes.

 

I would have burnt out from life if I had read a 800 page technical book.....

Did you do any fun programming while reading the book? Or just went through it and did the examples?

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I did a few fun programs like an inventory system using linked list, but mainly examples. I was interested about learning data structures. but man those concepts were very draining on me lol. Maybe cause its my first time

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Yep, all the time. I usually stop programming altogether and have a break when I'm like that because I know otherwise I will write bad code if I force myself.

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I did a ton when i first started programming but overtime the " programming stamina" increases especially as you grow in knowledge and experience. i even know some senior programmers who burned out but that's usually more like project fatigue   .  it's a lot when you are just absorbing and applying theory but once you adapt a more 'logical "brain and you start to think that way it gets a bt easier in my experience!

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At the end of a project I usually get burnt out on that project. From the time when I start a project to the time when I end it I usually get so many ideas for my next game that I can't wait to finish.

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Yup!  Been working on this self-started project for a month now working on it 60 hours a week and every day non stop, got burned out on Saturday and stopped coding for 2 days.  I'm good now.  For how long, I dunno.  It varies so there's no way I can predict how long I can go without stopping.

 

People tell me that my game looks like it was made in a day.  No, that thing took some work and the implementation was trickier than it sounds.  

 

Shogun.

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Always. I am a hobby programmer and I usually program for only a few months in a row, then a few months of no coding comes.

 

I would have burnt out from life if I had read a 800 page technical book.....

 

Same here. I've actually just started my "no coding" phase :)

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Always. I am a hobby programmer and I usually program for only a few months in a row, then a few months of no coding comes.

 

I would have burnt out from life if I had read a 800 page technical book.....

 

Same here. I've actually just started my "no coding" phase smile.png

I'm in the middle of the no coding phase, and I was in the middle of Lego Technic building phase. I just broke my hand so probably the building Lego with hand and feet phase begins, or the alcoholism phase.

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I'm just afraid of forgetting what I have learned. I don't want to lose all this hard work

 

You mean forgetting what you practiced. Once you've practiced enough times, you'll actually know it. Then you'll forget it the same way you forgot how to ride a bicycle.

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After finishing the 800+ pages tome known as data structures for game programmers, I felt like I needed a break. Whew. Im taking the next two weeks off before delving into allegro. My mind just feels exhausted and tired. Anyone else ever gone through this?  Need a break to refresh the mind before moving ahead?

 

Yes. I also found out that a few days rest is not sufficient, ...no matter how you spent those few days. I need 2-3 weeks to "recover".

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To be honest, I have pretty small "programming stamina". I usually work on my projects for 2-3 weeks whenever I have free time (from 2 to 10 hours each day), but once I get to the problem I cannot figure out how to do (current case: efficient pathfinding and pathfollowing) I stop for 2-3 months without touching anything and don't have a will to continue. >.<

 

Process repeats each time I turn on my Visual Studio again and figure out the problem that was holding me back.

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I deal with the diswant to continue all the time. My current project has reached 31,450 lines of code. Solved a nasty case of pathfinding bugs today.
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I barely have enough time to code my hobby project stuff (Java) and at uni we're ""learning"" (yep, double double quotation marks) Delphi which is just plain stupid drag and drop components, jury rig everything and press compile, literally, last year we were all about patterns and classes and stuff, now its just drag, drop and code what is missing on the spot. Linked list implementation on Delphi? No idea, but sure I know how to make some TForms and TBitBttns mashed together!

 

I hate pascal-like languages with a passion right now. While I did enjoyed what I learnt from Ada, the way we're being taught Delphi right now is... frustrating.

 

So no, I don't get burnt out from coding since I barely do any coding right now...

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I barely have enough time to code my hobby project stuff (Java) and at uni we're ""learning"" (yep, double double quotation marks) Delphi which is just plain stupid drag and drop components, jury rig everything and press compile, literally, last year we were all about patterns and classes and stuff, now its just drag, drop and code what is missing on the spot. Linked list implementation on Delphi? No idea, but sure I know how to make some TForms and TBitBttns mashed together!

 

lolwut

 

You can write linked lists in Delphi if you want, seems like you're focusing too much on the GUI aspect of it. You can drop at a lower level, C or C++ style anytime you want.

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I barely have enough time to code my hobby project stuff (Java) and at uni we're ""learning"" (yep, double double quotation marks) Delphi which is just plain stupid drag and drop components, jury rig everything and press compile, literally, last year we were all about patterns and classes and stuff, now its just drag, drop and code what is missing on the spot. Linked list implementation on Delphi? No idea, but sure I know how to make some TForms and TBitBttns mashed together!

 

lolwut

 

You can write linked lists in Delphi if you want, seems like you're focusing too much on the GUI aspect of it. You can drop at a lower level, C or C++ style anytime you want.

I know that you can, that's the point, its a fully featured OO language like any other. I just don't know how. No one in my class knows anything except dragging and dropping stuff around, that's all we're being taught.

 

Its like 4 steps back from what we've been learning the past courses.

 

I'm complaining at crappy teaching practices, not the language .

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I know that you can, that's the point, its a fully featured OO language like any other. I just don't know how. No one in my class knows anything except dragging and dropping stuff around, that's all we're being taught.
 
Its like 4 steps back from what we've been learning the past courses.
 
I'm complaining at crappy teaching practices, not the language .

 

Oh, I see, that sucks. I mean, it's useful to know how to make user interfaces and a major point of the language is the ability to quickly create them without too much hassle, but only teaching that is kinda dumb..

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My mind just feels exhausted and tired. Anyone else ever gone through this? 

Noooo, how could you even think that? rolleyes.gif
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These kinds of questions come up regularly, and it always seems a little silly to me. Like going to mtbr's forums and asking, "After finishing the 800+ miles of trails known as Park City Utah, I felt like I needed a break. Whew. Im taking the next two weeks off before delving into Moab. My legs just feel exhausted and tired. Anyone else ever gone through this?  Need a break to refresh the legs before moving ahead?"

 

YES. Do something else for a while!

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No, not really. In fact I often have the opposite problem: I need to force myself to stop so that I can actually get some sleep.

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I've experienced burn-out recently by losing sleep over which 3D software to use.

I do have past experience with both Max and Maya, but I'm currently using Silo & Blender for my projects. I just cannot afford either Max or Maya, so I'm pretty much going with the attitude that I'm a programmer first and an artist second, and that it doesn't matter what I'm using at this stage so long as it gets the job done.

Now I don't feel so stressed out and its business as usual.

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These kinds of questions come up regularly, and it always seems a little silly to me. Like going to mtbr's forums and asking, "After finishing the 800+ miles of trails known as Park City Utah, I felt like I needed a break. Whew. Im taking the next two weeks off before delving into Moab. My legs just feel exhausted and tired. Anyone else ever gone through this?  Need a break to refresh the legs before moving ahead?"

 

YES. Do something else for a while!

 

That made me lol

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I've experienced burn-out recently by losing sleep over which 3D software to use.

I do have past experience with both Max and Maya, but I'm currently using Silo & Blender for my projects. I just cannot afford either Max or Maya, so I'm pretty much going with the attitude that I'm a programmer first and an artist second, and that it doesn't matter what I'm using at this stage so long as it gets the job done.

Now I don't feel so stressed out and its business as usual.

Ha ha! Mine is Modo 401 (it was a gift) and Blender. Trying to save some cash for 701 now that it has CA and sound :-)

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I've experienced burn-out recently by losing sleep over which 3D software to use.

I do have past experience with both Max and Maya, but I'm currently using Silo & Blender for my projects. I just cannot afford either Max or Maya, so I'm pretty much going with the attitude that I'm a programmer first and an artist second, and that it doesn't matter what I'm using at this stage so long as it gets the job done.

Now I don't feel so stressed out and its business as usual.

Ha ha! Mine is Modo 401 (it was a gift) and Blender. Trying to save some cash for 701 now that it has CA and sound :-)

 

Modo seems to be a favourite with modellers in professional circles.  It would be interesting to see where its CA tools go...^_^  Are you using Blender for CA in the meantime?

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