Programming Desire

The last week or two, I’ve really had this strong urge to write code. I’ve been wanting to program something, anything, and I’ve been frustrated in not being able to do so. I have a ton of ideas, and I can even lay out the plan for programming it, but I just don’t have the time, energy, or focus to pull off my lofty programming goals.

I have an account on TutsPlus, and could spend some time doing research, but much like my creative writing, I just want to dive into things, and fly by the seat of my pants, and that doesn’t really work for more complex applications.

I wrote a small tool in LUA for ComputerCraft in Minecraft to build a building for me. I was hoping to make it more complex, but I couldn’t get it to work. I am still hoping to go back and finish the original idea, rather than the more simplistic one that I ended up creating. My original idea was to create a program that detected where I placed down the first layer of blocks, and then the turtle would continue to build the wall higher along those blocks. This would be great for making odd shaped buildings in Minecraft, but I couldn’t get the turtle to detect the starting position, rise up and then continue along its way.

I wanted to create some customizations for Gravity Forms, but fell short on that as well and eventually became frustrated that my skill doesn’t yet allow me to just whip up cool customizations like many others in the company.

Lastly, I was interested in making a quick application for Annie and I to track the number of books we each read this year compared to a goal we set, but in starting to plan it out, I realized it wasn’t something I was going to be able to whip up in an hour or two, and the steam was let out of that project.

I really like the idea of developing cool applications, but much like most of my creative writing, I’m lacking something to make me follow through the difficult and boring parts to get to the end result and it really bugs me when I feel so inspired to write code.

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2 Replies to “Programming Desire”

  1. For books, there’s already a tool – GoodReads. I use it to record what I read so I have some idea as to what I’ve “read” (as almost all my reading is in audiobook format).

    On programming; yeah, I hear you.

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