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I work on software when I'm a little stoned pretty frequently. It helps me to look at the problem from new perspectives and it really helps me to come up with simple and elegant top-level designs. My architecture really does benefit from lighting up every once in a while and then sitting back and thinking really hard about whether I'm taking the design in the right direction or not.

I also like to get a little stoned and then test my code for usability. If I can use it when I'm stoned then that's a pretty good indication that the interface is clear and simple and usable. Smoking pot kind of brings me down to the level of an end-user and it makes me more likely to go off clicking on things that I subconsciously don't do when I'm sober. I open up a "notes.txt" file in Emacs on one monitor and then I go off and try to break my code on another, and I normally have pages and pages of notes on things that need to be fixed after an hour or two. Throw a little acid jazz into the process and it's actually a lot of fun.

I don't really recommend trying to actually write code when you're stoned. It's a great state for sitting back and thinking about top-level stuff or examining your application for beauty, but it impairs concentration in the worst way and your code suffers. Espresso will always be my favorite substance for coding assistance.


In reply to Ganja for software design by Anonymous Monk
in thread Coding while drunk by Gordy

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