This week I’ve been in what my wife calls “mad scientist mode,” coding away into the wee hours of the morning. It’s weird how this works: some weeks I can barely write any code, whereas other weeks I can’t type fast enough (tip: loud music keeps the fingers flying).
While I love writing software, I hate how hard it is turning my brain off at the end of a solid day of coding. Somewhere deep in the cobwebbed nooks and crannies of my skull, I think there’s an army of tiny little geeks thinking about what new code I should be writing, and unlike me, these guys don’t seem to need any sleep. If I wake up in the middle of the night for any reason, these little dudes spring into life and insist that I get back to my keyboard.
Last night is a good (bad?) example – I woke up just after 1AM (ouch!), and try as I might, I couldn’t ignore the call of the keyboard. So, I’ve been awake ever since, writing code like a caffeine-addicted wiener dog. A good chunk of this time was spent ripping out TopStyle’s existing HTTP routines and replacing them with the ones I use in FeedDemon, which handle proxies, firewalls and NTLM authentication better. I also continued working on FeedDemon 1.51, completing a couple of new features (screenshot 1, screenshot 2, screenshot 3).
Of course, now I’m pooped, and even the little coders in my head are starting to get blurry-eyed. If any of my new co-workers are reading this and need to contact me today, better do it this morning – I imagine I’ll be asleep at the wheel by this afternoon :)