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Re: Re: Extreme programming... in perl?

by cat2014 (Monk)
on Jan 10, 2001 at 00:36 UTC ( #50767=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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I'll jump in here with a small comment about paired programming: it's awesome. Fortunately, my current work place really encourages it. I was kind of iffy about the whole idea at first, but I've changed my mind completely since I started seeing how much better my programming is when you combine two minds. You catch a lot of assumptions & get exposed to a lot of different ways of seeing things. One big bonus, too, is that a lot of different people become familiar with different areas of code. So if something breaks, you have a larger pool of people who can fix it.

The only problems we've run into are that some folks type dvorak & some type qwerty- there are always pairs forming where only 1 person can actually type faster than 1 letter a minute on the keyboard being used. (;

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Re: Re: Re: Extreme programming... in perl?
by extremely (Priest) on Jan 10, 2001 at 02:48 UTC
    Buy USB keyboards and plug them both in. or alternate. USB makes me extremely happy these days. =)

    $you = new YOU;
    honk() if $you->love(perl)

      i wish we could just do that!

      we use unix/linux/bsd- you use xmodmap to set qwerty/dvorak in those OSes. so you have to keep switching that way... in fact, i can't think of any OS in which you set qwerty or dvorak in the keyboard itself- all the ones i'm familiar with (mac, windows variations, *nix) set the keyboard mapping with software. so with your idea, we'd have two keyboards, but they would both be using the same mapping at the same time. not much help. (;

        If you are willing to have 2 computers, you can hack something up with a shared session using something like screen or vnc so that two keyboards going to 2 computers show up on a shared session on one screen.

        There are also many utilities that can help you switch in a hurry. Or some special keyboards to make it very easy. (Dunno how well it works though.)

Re: Re: Re: Extreme programming... in perl?
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 03, 2001 at 00:57 UTC

    actually we had the same problem with keyboard layouts until I discovered a solution...if you're using Windows as your workstation (I'm sure you can do the same thing for Linux workstations, too, I just don't know how) you can go into the Control Panel and hit the Keyboard icon. From there you can add new layouts from the Input Locales tab. So add either Dvokak or Qwerty depending on what you don't have.

    Once you're done, at the bottom of the "Input Locales" is a hot key selection which allows you to switch layouts on the fly on a per-window basis. So my partner and I often switch and hit Left Alt+Shift to switch between layouts on our terminal windows. It makes pair programming much easier.

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