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 Post subject: Rubber Ducks as programming assistants
 Post Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:46 pm 
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I do a bit of programming here and there. It's something I enjoy (yeah, yeah, I know) and I never realized that rubber ducks can be helpful. I now know that they can:

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http://lists.ethernal.org/oldarchives/c ... 00174.html

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We called it the Rubber Duck method of debugging. It goes like this:

1) Beg, borrow, steal, buy, fabricate or otherwise obtain a rubber duck
(bathtub variety)
2) Place rubber duck on desk and inform it you are just going to go over
some code with it, if that's all right.
3) Explain to the duck what you code is supposed to do, and then go into
detail and explain things line by line
4) At some point you will tell the duck what you are doing next and then
realise that that is not in fact what you are actually doing. The duck
will sit there serenely, happy in the knowledge that it has helped you
on your way.

Works every time. Actually, if you don't have a rubber duck you could at
a pinch ask a fellow programmer or engineer to sit in.


EDIT:: Apparently this is a well known idea! There's even a wiki page for it.

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 Post subject: Re: Rubber Ducks as programming assistants
 Post Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:12 pm 
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thats cool


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 Post subject: Re: Rubber Ducks as programming assistants
 Post Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:53 pm 
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Oh my goodness that is so awesome! I also do some programming, and I shall keep this in mind! Thank you :)


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 Post subject: Re: Rubber Ducks as programming assistants
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Welcome to Quackers profligans! I don't know what to think about you and me. Programmers who like rubberducks seems like a strange thing but then again, programmers are kind of strange things to start... =)

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 Post subject: Re: Rubber Ducks as programming assistants
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:30 pm 
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Thanks! And thank you for providing a place for ducky loving people online!

Haha, I have long since dismissed such things as "normality" as inessential. =) Duckies and general nerdiness and other such things are just too much fun!


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Adorable! :> Our jumbo ducks are not ideal for this, as they take up too much space, but we do have some minis that can sit in. ;>

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