starting with a paper and pen?
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02-10-2008, 06:09 PM
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Pen and paper! As I sit here looking at a desk covered with papers that have little code bit scribbles, flow charts, outlines, and brief descriptions of a project I am or might want to work on, I realize that most of my programming happens in the real world and not on the computer.
I write all kinds of stuff down! I might get a great idea for something but not have the time to sit down and start coding it and I rarely revisit electronic notes. It has something to do with how my mind works I think...
I use a lot of charts to organize my ideas and information and it takes a long time to format such data electronically. However, I can sketch a simple table on paper in just a few seconds!
Maybe once I set up a multi-display system, I will be more apt to use electronic notes.
I also found that I rarely get inspired while sitting in front of a computer so I have to use a tangible method of saving my ideas. I can't tell you how many times I have found a solution to a problem or a feature I want to add while driving just to get home a few hours later and completely forget about it.
My suggestion to anyone that wants to or is coding, use any means at your disposal to organize your ideas and scripts. Sometimes just seeing something written down or typed in can make it stick to your brain.
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