Trick for solving extremely nasty programming problems
Posted on:March 19 2008
Once in a while, I get to the point where I have to fix a bug or program a solution for a tricky problem and I am simply unable to do this. Simply because the limits of the system or architecture do not allow a clean solution or the bug is that complicated, no matter what I try to do, it won't vanish. Usually, I would sit there for hours, nearly banging my head against the desk trying to solve the problem anyway, and every minute I am spending in front of it I get the feeling the lines of code get blurrier and the solution of problem won't come closer but goes farer away.
I think almost every programmer already came into this situation. One simple trick to solve these situations which always worked for me is the following: Simply stand up, go out of the office and go for a walk. Don't think about the problem anymore and try not even to think about anything programming or work related. After you've reset your mind in this way, get back to the computer and - tada! - in most cases the solution now appears somehow magically. This 'trick' even has proved to be more efficient than postponing the problem to the end of my task list or even 'ignoring it for now'. :)
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