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How many monitors do you use while coding?

by davido (Archbishop)
on Jun 01, 2017 at 10:46 UTC ( #1191826=poll: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on How many monitors do you use while coding?

None - I don't code
[bar] 14/2%
0 - Ticker-tape is a purer representation of a Turing Machine
[bar] 32/5%
1 - A laptop screen or single monitor desktop workstation
[bar] 171/24%
1 - And it's cracked. And I like practicing my trade while lying on a bed of nails
[bar] 22/3%
2 - The standard dev kit suits me fine
[bar] 290/41%
3 - Fewer than three monitors wouldn't present enough insight into what I'm working on
[bar] 109/15%
4 - Everyone else has two or three. I'm not like everyone else
[bar] 23/3%
5 - This configuration reminds me of the 1987 5-cylinder VW Passat my parents let me drive in high school
[bar] 1/0%
6 - I saw such a thing on the Internet, and had to have it
[bar] 2/0%
6 - Because I haven't figured out how to add more
[bar] 5/1%
7 - I need all the luck I can get, for this code to work
[bar] 9/1%
8 - Because my power strip had eight outlets available
[bar] 1/0%
9 - A 3x3 array was the the most I could fit into my Faraday shielded SHTF headquarters
[bar] 7/1%
More than 9 - Most of them are just displaying graphs / mock code to make the boss think I'm doing something critical
[bar] 25/4%
711 total votes
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Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by AnomalousMonk (Chancellor) on Jun 01, 2017 at 15:54 UTC

    0 — Real programmers use front-panel switches. I'm a real programmer.


    Give a man a fish:  <%-{-{-{-<

      Wow! You must be as old as I am...

      James

      There's never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over...

        Older. Feels like it, anyway...


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      0 — Real programmers use front-panel switches.

      And then the Apple II made us lazy, with PR#6.

Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by vrk (Chaplain) on Jun 01, 2017 at 11:35 UTC

    I use only one monitor but several virtual desktops. Should I have answered 4 instead of 1?

    Next nerdy question: what is the aspect ratio of your monitor? I still have a 4:3 (1600x1200) TFT display from 2008. Much to my shock when I was looking for a new monitor last year, nobody makes 4:3 monitors anymore! The closest you can get is 5:4, which many shops market as a 4:3 display (argh). So I'm keeping the 4:3 monitor until it dies or some manufacturer brings back "retro" aspect ratios.

      You'll wait a long time as there is no market for "retro" I believe.

      What matters to manufactures is to be able to produce panels for TVs and panels for PC monitors from the same assembly line.

      So it will be full-HD for the next few years until 4k (3840×2160) takes over - but 16:9 is here to stay.

      It's funny how programmers may be one of the groups that push innovation forward, but their purchasing power seems to be too small for the industry to cater for their needs.

      I guess that is another reason for not to pursue a career in programming (as if another one was needed).

        Actually, another monk pointed out to me that Eizo still makes 4:3 monitors at 1600x1200 resolution: FlexScan S2133.

        There are some 16:10 monitors out there, I have a BenQ BL2411PT 24 inch Business Monitor (16:10 1920 x 1200). So you keep the 1200 vertical and add some extra horizontal.
Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by perldigious (Deacon) on Jun 01, 2017 at 12:56 UTC

    Try working for a big company that attempts to control not only how many monitors (or any other object really) that you can have in your cubicle, but exactly how they have to be arranged so that everybody's cubes look exactly the same for... reasons... reasons in the corporate rule book. Yep, it's official, my company now values conformity and "fairness" over productivity and profit. Oh, and don't worry, it's a private company, so you don't have to find out which company in order to sell all your stock. :-)

    Just another Perl hooker - Yep, I've definitely seen more than my share of d*cks in the world, that's for sure.
Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by ww (Archbishop) on Jun 01, 2017 at 13:24 UTC

    Why would I need a monitor when I have an Enigma machine instead?

    Besides, (wire service) ticker tape is encoded ASCII-7 which leaves me short of some chars.


    If you didn't program your executable by toggling in binary, it wasn't really programming!

      "...Enigma machine instead"

      Did you buy it on ebay from a british boarding party?

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      Furthermore I consider that Donald Trump must be impeached as soon as possible

      utf7 anyone?
Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by Discipulus (Monsignor) on Jun 01, 2017 at 15:01 UTC
    At home a single screen see the greater part of my code generation.. but i'm now super fast at ALT-TAB with my left hand!



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Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by Arunbear (Parson) on Jun 01, 2017 at 10:49 UTC
Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by eighty-one (Chaplain) on Jun 02, 2017 at 14:39 UTC

    Generally two - one for my editor, and one for the browser or terminal (depending on what I'm working on)

    I've been doing a lot of training and I'm wishing I had three - one for the lab manual or instructor window plus my usual two. I'm trying to get into the habit of keeping my laptop open on my desk, but looking down and to the left just feels too weird...

Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by SuicideJunkie (Vicar) on Jun 01, 2017 at 15:01 UTC
    A dual screen box and a single screen box, with a netbook to fill in the gap on the desk between the other monitors.
Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Jun 16, 2017 at 19:22 UTC

      Very impressing. Now buy a modern computer with voice control and you can give the "On Screen!" command from your favorite armchair. If you feel more like a Klingone you may add the "All weapons at my disposal!" command to run Notepad.

      «The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»

      Furthermore I consider that Donald Trump must be impeached as soon as possible

        If you feel more like a Klingone you may add the "All weapons at my disposal!" command to run Notepad.

        yIqIm. naDevvo' tlhap SoH!


        With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
        Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
        "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority". The enemy of (IT) success is complexity.
        In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice. Suck that fhit
      Just great for better excuses at work!

      "What is taking so long with your new monitor?"
      "Oh, I'm trying to find the mouse cursor. It has to be somewhere on the screen..."

      Now I am waiting for the ring shaped all around version, where the mouse cursor is always in your back...
        I'm trying to find the mouse cursor.

        You mean that stabbing your Ctrl key doesn't flicker up concentric rings around your current cursor position? I guess you must be a *nix freak user :)


        With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
        Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
        "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority". The enemy of (IT) success is complexity.
        In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice. Suck that fhit
Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by eighty-one (Chaplain) on Jun 02, 2017 at 14:45 UTC

    Did anyone else see Swordfish - that movie featured a seven screen setup and, if I remember right, the hacker character wrote code by dragging geometric shapes around the screen.

Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by LanX (Bishop) on Jun 05, 2017 at 17:11 UTC
    4!

    One left, one right and the laptop screen while the NSA monitors me.

Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by dsheroh (Prior) on Jun 02, 2017 at 07:36 UTC
    Technically, I have three when I'm in the office, but the single screen on the laptop is the only one I use for coding. The others are for things like email, chat programs, music players, etc.
Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by wjw (Curate) on Jun 03, 2017 at 02:29 UTC
    Three: left to right, the laptop shows machine performance and stores things I don't need at the moment as everything on it is too small for me to read anyway, the first 24" has my code on it, the second my testing environment.

    ...the majority is always wrong, and always the last to know about it...

    A solution is nothing more than a clearly stated problem...

Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by stevieb (Abbot) on Jun 05, 2017 at 17:39 UTC
Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by mr_mischief (Monsignor) on Jun 12, 2017 at 16:57 UTC

    I voted two. At the office, it's two 24" ones, each with three virtual desktops. At home, it's a single monitor but it's 40" with 4 virtual desktops.

Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by karlgoethebier (Prior) on Jun 05, 2017 at 16:21 UTC

    I wonder who the 1%er is that claims he doesn't code.

    «The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»

    Furthermore I consider that Donald Trump must be impeached as soon as possible

Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by Utilitarian (Vicar) on Jun 15, 2017 at 07:28 UTC
    At $work laptop and 2 large monitors on docking station, at home just the laptop.

    Productivity wise I'm pretty sure it's the level of distraction rather than the number of monitors I'm looking at that determines the volume/quality of my output.

    print "Good ",qw(night morning afternoon evening)[(localtime)[2]/6]," fellow monks."
Re: How many monitors do you use while coding?
by chacham (Prior) on Jun 01, 2017 at 20:07 UTC

    The comments after the numbers on the poll make it look ugly. The numbers alone would have been better.

      I like it! This way the poll conforms to that ugly perl "line noise" code. This isn't python, and we're not snake charmers.

        Python has nothing to do with snakes, it was named after a British TV show.

      Your eyes are not shared with the pollsters. Or, get yourself in the business.

      Without the comments, there won't be humour in the polls. Why do you want to kill all things beautiful, you humour killing, conformist Nazi?!

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