Debugging Valley

Many times I will get near the end of a software project and hit a real low. I’ve been debugging along the way, rewriting classes and methods as I realize that some of my original assumptions were incorrect or not very useful, and I’m at that “final mile” where I’ve just got to run the darned thing through again, step through all my code, make a few design changes that I’ve already pondered over so much that the changes are obvious, and finish it up. But the actual coding will be very tedious. Loathsome, even.

I just can’t get my head into it again.

That’s what I call a “debugging valley” – a great vast empty space (this is not like one of those nice valleys you might see in Vermont) where I’m stuck and just don’t feel like climbing any of the many paths that I could take to get out.

My best advice for myself? Just keep writing – the same way you get past writer’s block in fiction, essay, or any type of prose. Just keep going – tweaking, editing, revising, writing some new stuff – until your “voice” comes back to you. And then finish the darned project! 🙂


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