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Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming?

From: Mikhail K.
Sent on: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 10:22 AM

It all depends. Pair programming can boost productivity as you both share your knowledge and learn something new plus you have someone next to you watching out for silly mistakes and design issues.

At the same time this practice is very intrusive. You don't have your personal space anymore. Cannot have tea / coffee break whenever you want. Someone is always looking over your shoulder.

My view is that it very much depends on the mix of people who form your team. In some setups disadvantages can far outweigh benefits.

So no, I don't think dislike for pairing makes you anyways bad.

Regards,
Mikhail

On Jan 29,[masked]:40 AM, "Jim Collins" <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi,

I was wondering if there are other programmers out there who feel they are bad programmers because they do not like pair programming.

I feel that I am much more productive working on my own and it is how I enjoy to work. If I am working on something particularly difficult then I will often ask a colleague what they think and when I commit code I also talk my colleagues through what I have done in a code review. That is how I have always worked and how I enjoy working.

I sometimes get the feeling that pair programming is like the emperors new clothes. No one will stand up and say I don't like this so we all continue in this vicious circle :).

Thanks

Jim




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