Code with music or without?

This is a discussion on Code with music or without? within the General Discussions forums, part of the Community Boards category; Many of my co-workers and friends program while listening to music on their headphones. I'm curious as to how many ...

  1. #1
    Super Moderator VirtualAce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    9,596

    Code with music or without?

    Many of my co-workers and friends program while listening to music on their headphones. I'm curious as to how many of you do the same. As for me I've tried it and I cannot concentrate with all that racket in my head. When I program I'm oblivious to the environment around me, the time, people, etc. In other words I could be programming in the middle of a tornado...it could rip the corner of the building off and as long as the power stayed on I probably wouldn't even know what happened. An exaggeration to be sure but you get the idea. I get into the 'zone' and once I'm there it's lights out for the world around me.

  2. #2
    and the hat of copycat stevesmithx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    494
    I prefer to program with my headphone. But once I start to code, I slowly tend to ignore the music, and concentrate on the problem at hand. For me, music merely serves as a good distraction in the empty silent environment that I usually code as I am not that good at multitasking.
    Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted
    - Albert Einstein.


    No programming language is perfect. There is not even a single best language; there are only languages well suited or perhaps poorly suited for particular purposes.
    - Herbert Mayer

  3. #3
    (?<!re)tired Mario F.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Portugal
    Posts
    7,438
    I suffer from mild noise intolerance. At night, I prefer to enjoy the silence and don't listen to music at all. My biggest concentration factor is silence. Always was. Music however comes second and I usually use my headphones during the day which allows me to concentrate on the screen and do not get distracted by any outside sounds.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    1,203
    I prefer to code to music. I just find it relaxing and it helps me focus by taking away all other distractions around. But then again i enjoy going to sleep with the TV on aswell...

  5. #5
    C++ Witch laserlight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    21,650
    It depends on my mood.
    C + C++ Compiler: MinGW port of GCC
    Version Control System: Bazaar

    Look up a C++ Reference and learn How To Ask Questions The Smart Way

  6. #6
    spurious conceit MK27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    segmentation fault
    Posts
    8,300
    Always. Usually very loud marching bands, the more brass the better.

    Sometimes I will play a record my uncle gave me called "The magnificent sound of the B-52" over and over and over. It's not the new age band from the eighties, it's 45 minutes of gigantic WWII era bombers taking off, at close range. Awesome. Nothing can get to me when that is on, and I feel I am somehow commanding a truly feersome enjinn.

    Except when I am working on one of my "overthrow a national goverment" side projects. Then I just listen to Carcass:

    YouTube - CARCASS - Edge of Darkness/This Mortal Coil [LIVE AT SP]

    I hate headphones tho. I need to feel the floor vibrate slightly.
    C programming resources:
    GNU C Function and Macro Index -- glibc reference manual
    The C Book -- nice online learner guide
    Current ISO draft standard
    CCAN -- new CPAN like open source library repository
    3 (different) GNU debugger tutorials: #1 -- #2 -- #3
    cpwiki -- our wiki on sourceforge

  7. #7
    Registered User whiteflags's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    7,667
    Usually I'm listening to something, but only opt to listen in while programming if I'm doing something easy. What something easy means could be anything. I'm not as experienced as I pretend to be.

  8. #8
    Dae
    Dae is offline
    Deprecated Dae's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    1,034
    I listen on low/medium volume. On high volume it can get disorienting. However new songs can be distracting. I listen to a favorite playlist with ~150 songs I know by heart. It serves to drown out any other noise, keep me pumped (I often move my legs and bob my head), while remaining focused. It's just you, the program, and the music that is pretty easy to process seeing that you're used to it. It serves as good entertainment while compiling, however if I'm doing a lot of debugging/compiling I usually just have a movie up on pause.
    Last edited by Dae; 02-27-2010 at 05:14 PM.
    Warning: Have doubt in anything I post.

    GCC 4.5, Boost 1.40, Code::Blocks 8.02, Ubuntu 9.10 010001000110000101100101

  9. #9
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Posts
    4,913
    Everyone who works in the same room as me thinks I listen to music, because I always wear headphones while I code. But really I just wear them because they're more subtle than earplugs and work almost as well

  10. #10
    Registered User UltraKing227's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    USA, New york
    Posts
    123
    i prefer silence for programming.

  11. #11
    glo
    glo is offline
    Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    169
    I enjoy music when I'm out clubbing. Not when I code.

  12. #12
    Guest Sebastiani's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Waterloo, Texas
    Posts
    5,703
    I'll listen to a bit of classical or jazz now and then, but I really prefer the buzz of human interaction. Sometimes, though, I just like to sit out on the deck as I work, listening to the sounds of birds, the trickle of the creek nearby, or the soft footfall of deer past the treeline. It's relaxing. Anyway, otherwise, I'd rather pay attention to the people around me. The human element, and all.

  13. #13
    Reverse Engineer maxorator's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Estonia
    Posts
    2,318
    I prefer silence.
    "The Internet treats censorship as damage and routes around it." - John Gilmore

  14. #14
    Epy
    Epy is offline
    Fortran lover Epy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    California, USA
    Posts
    960
    Quote Originally Posted by Shakti View Post
    I prefer to code to music. I just find it relaxing and it helps me focus by taking away all other distractions around. But then again i enjoy going to sleep with the TV on aswell...
    Same.

  15. #15
    spurious conceit MK27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    segmentation fault
    Posts
    8,300
    There was an amazing german or french minimalist electronic band from the nineties called "oval" that I had on cassette and would leave on "autoreverse" all night.

    I swear the most refreshing sleep I ever had was while that oval tape was playing, over and over and over.
    C programming resources:
    GNU C Function and Macro Index -- glibc reference manual
    The C Book -- nice online learner guide
    Current ISO draft standard
    CCAN -- new CPAN like open source library repository
    3 (different) GNU debugger tutorials: #1 -- #2 -- #3
    cpwiki -- our wiki on sourceforge

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Popular pages Recent additions subscribe to a feed

Similar Threads

  1. Extended ASCII Characters in an RTF Control
    By JustMax in forum C Programming
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 04-03-2009, 08:20 PM
  2. Enforcing Machine Code Restrictions?
    By SMurf in forum Tech Board
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 03-30-2009, 07:34 AM
  3. Values changing without reason?
    By subtled in forum C Programming
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-19-2007, 10:20 AM
  4. Interface Question
    By smog890 in forum C Programming
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 06-03-2002, 05:06 PM
  5. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-21-2002, 05:05 PM

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21