Happy Hacking

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  • Happy Hacking

    1. 1. Happy Hacking @keithpitty
    2. 2. What makes for happy programming?
    3. 3. What makes for happy creative experiences?
    4. 4. A psychologist’s perspective...
    5. 5. “Flow”
    6. 6. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Claremont Graduate University
    7. 7. How does it feel to be in flow?
    8. 8. One Completely involved in what you are doing - focused, concentrated
    9. 9. Two A sense of ecstasy - of being outside everyday reality
    10. 10. Three Great inner clarity - knowing what needs to be done, and how well you are going.
    11. 11. Four Knowing that the activity is doable - that your skills are adequate to the task.
    12. 12. Five A sense of serenity - no worries about oneself, and a feeling of growing beyond the boundaries of the ego.
    13. 13. Six Timelessness - thoroughly focused on the present, hours seem to pass by in minutes
    14. 14. Seven Intrinsic motivation - whatever produces flow becomes its own reward
    15. 15. Challenge vs Skill
    16. 16. What does this have to do with Rails Camp?
    17. 17. Do you ever experience anxiety when faced with a programming task?
    18. 18. Do you, perhaps, feel inadequate here at Rails Camp?
    19. 19. Would you like to enjoy Rails Camp more?
    20. 20. Rails Camp presents An ideal opportunity to improve each others’ skills by sharing knowledge
    21. 21. Suggestions • Get involved in a team • Seek help from those who know • Allow others to help you experience “flow”
    22. 22. Share and Enjoy!
    23. 23. References • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Flow_(psychology) • http://www.ted.com/talks/ mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow.html
    24. 24. @keithpitty @cockatoo_sw

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