Saturday, July 10, 2010

Time...between compiles

Remember in the first Jurassic Park movie, Dennis Nedry the programmer who attempted to sell/smuggle dino-embryos off the island? He stated that it would take several minutes for the section of the software that he had just added code to compile, and that certain systems would be down during this compile. It was during this gap in time that he attempted to smuggle the embryos.
Anyway, I often have 5 minutes here, 15 minutes there waiting for compiles to complete. During these times I refuse to be involved in illegal activity! My employer will be glad to know that I am sure. But seriously, I try to get other things done such as planning the next section of code to write, consider more optimal database queries, and complete emails, etc in that time.
The point is that I have to plan the break or I catch myself surfing the net and wasting time. What do you do with your time in between tasks to stay focused? A list of items to complete? Does your type of work govern the web and flow of the day for you?
Oh... the build is to get going...bye!

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