rm_harshawj 51M
761 posts
8/11/2005 8:50 pm

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Am I the only one who dreams of programming code? I mean I really do dream about the code for the current project I am working on.

Last night I woke up several times as HTML, PHP, Javascript and PERL code was sifting through my dreams. I saw the Kimodo code roll ups, the functions and parsing code, the whole shebang (PERL pun unintended, sort of.) It was a scary thing. In my dream, and a vivid one at that, I remember working on a piece of code I needed for the new blogging community I am working on. It was a simple query into a DB that parsed the date into year, month and day all separately and did not format that input before storing. So the dream was about how to determine if a person was 18 years of age or more. The funny thing is, the dream was right and I wrote down the simple answer and went back to sleep.

But it is not so much that my mind processes this information subconsciously or even unconsciously, it’s the fact that it processes it at all. At night the last thing I want to think about is work, whether for pleasure or profit. But here I am, dreaming about coding in my sleep.

You have to understand, I have been programming for nearly 22 years. I started out on an Altair 8800 and have been progressing ever since. About 12 years ago I actually enter the computer industry and sat on the Internet Engineering Task Force that worked on the HTML 1.0 / 2.0 / 2.2 spec. Back then to dream about the code was great, I learned something. But about 3 years ago I burned out on programming and have taken a hiatus.

Now I have picked up a few small projects, nothing as tough as the voice codec work I did for the G3.5 VoIP spec, but it is all coming back in a flood and I am feeling the burn once again, and all I did was set up some blogging software and write a few templates.

Will my experience in the programming world haunt me forever? I have tried so hard to get it out of my head it really disturbs me. I know from a psychological standpoint that the nueral pathways were well ingrained in me after so much programming that they still linger, but you would think after three years I would have gotten out of it somewhat and reverted to a more normal mindset.

I mean I have actually changed careers and my way of life to not think about such programming matters. I have taken jobs that avoid thinking in programming terms like bartending and writing. Can I ever get away from the curse of a programmers mind now that I have done it? Is it an addiction? Does someone have a pill, because the blue one is looking real good right now.

sincitybrunette 55F
1668 posts
8/11/2005 10:31 pm

dreaming about programming, bet your girlfriend is real thrilled about that......have her call me, I will tell her how to get your mind off of it....have lots and lots of ideas in that area. And Katey is on the right track...lol

wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
8/12/2005 12:10 am

lol I dream about it but it means diddly to me

anyway I don't do that much of it that it would get to that degree....

when I was younger I did used to dream about ABN numbers and the bottomless trolley of groceries arriving at the til


mind you that isn't my greatest curse....

that isn't the profession that I avoid like the plague....


rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2053 posts
8/12/2005 5:32 pm

My coding experience is far from yours, but I've done it sporadically for a long time - started with FORTRAN in HS - and I continue to do it when I have to.

The most mind-numbing coding I ever did was in COBOL for an IBM dinosaur (what else?). It was for this enormous financial accounting app. The app was actually quite elegant, but had been enhanced a couple times a week for the past century or so; there was more spaghetti in there than in all of Italy.

Have I ever dreamed in code? No. However, I did have a dream once in which I stole the source code for Windows, gave it to Prodigy (you know... "Smack My Bitch Up" - those guys) and they used it in their show by projecting it scrolling down on a huge screen behind them.

Later, Bill the Gates came after me... in a canoe!

Dude... there's something wrong with me!

bella_ 47F
4030 posts
8/12/2005 5:36 pm

I would love to know how your mind works! The minor html on this site is too much for me to grasp.

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