While attending Google's developer conference, I/O, programmer Dan Kim noticed a booth selling a T-shirt with a popular saying: "Eat, sleep, code, repeat.
I literally let out an 'ugh' when I saw it.
"Because, the truth is, the underlying idea of that phrase isn't so cute.
It must be all consuming and the focus of your life.
... a truly balanced lifestyle — one that gives your brain and your soul some space to breathe non-programming air — actually makes you a better programmer.To understand just how pervasive this indoctrination is, a couple of months ago, Alex St. John, a famous video game developer and exec, someone who has hired a lot of programmers over the years, caused an uproar when he published a controversial article in VentureBeat.St.
St. John even wrote a recruiting slideshow filled with controversial and sexist ideas on how to find programmers preferably young and cultivate this idea in them.The sad thing is that for those that buy into this message, the stress of working like that has been known to literally drive some of them beyond burnout, even affecting mental health.For instance, some time ago a programmer named Kenneth Parker wrote a blog post about the hardest working programmer he ever knew.