Sunday, November 09, 2008

Play games to become a better developer

I recently posted two entries on my ToadWorld blog that I thought you might like to see:

Play games to become a better developer!

Software development is one heck of a serious job. It turns out, however, that there are several games you can play to improve the quality of code you write. This is the second of two blog entries that introduce you to two of my favorite brain development and training games: Set and Mastermind. Play either (preferably both) of these games, and you will write better software. [ Note that I do not include Solitaire in this list. Playing this game will definitely not help you become a better developer, but it will pass the time. ]
I even encourage you to play these games on company time, with management approval. It will be a good investment by your employer. Sound crazy? I have been told by a number of my students that their manager did, in fact, agree to do this, and everyone is happy with the results.....

For the full explanations:

Part 1. The Game of Set
Part 2. The Game of Mastermind

Enjoy!

1 comment:

Girl Next Door (gnd) said...

It's great that you've pointed this out. Took me back to my middle and high school days when I used to spend hours playing Mastermind.
Now I play it with my daughter, although for now her primary role (she's about 7) is to identify the matches.

It'll be interesting to even attempt to ask for playing these games on company time :)

I heard about your views on the SetGame from one of Quest's marketing folks when I was trying out Code Tester. Was hooked on to it for quite a while...
Still play it when I get a chance. A good de-stresser indeed!