More than any other type of programmer, just programming Perl for 8 hours would be troublesome. This is because people who program in Perl are eclectic by nature. Me, for instance, I am interested in being a Macrobiotic
Health counselor, gardener, and I am a serious Chess
player, putting in about 2 hours per day.
I tend to get brain-dead, lethargic, and my eyes feel roasted after 8 hours of Perl. 4 hours is a joy. But 8-straight hours is trying. On the other hand, no one is breathing down my neck and notices that I am napping and losing my edge as the day wears on.
How do you all feel about programming for 8 hours a day? Wouldn't you rather have some of the daylight hours for sunbathing or some of your other activities?