Lying is useless: I’m addicted… to music. Just about whatever I do, I will have music in the background. Especially when I’m working on the computer: programming, photo-shopping, video-editing, gaming all require music.
Different activities and varying times of day require different types of music for me. Luckily, I enjoy just about all kinds of music. The growing popularity of Spotify has driven both di.fm and last.fm radio from my favorites, and allows me to pick just about anything I want to hear.
This brings us back to the topic of this post then (hope no-one was expecting a guide on how to program music on some device), music for programming duties! I realized I put on certain types of music whenever I’m in a certain type of zone. So here’s a go at my music choice per programming task.
|Creating C# interfaces, designing server side code||Dubstep or Classical Music|
|C# code (or any server side code, for that matter)||Any album that’s very familiar, e.g. Homework|
|Database design & SQL queries (SELECTs)||Electro, Hardstyle, or even some old Gabber tunes|
|SQL UPDATEs and DELETEs||Ambient or downbeat|
|CSS and HTML (skinning and the like)||90s dance or dirty house|
|Debugging a difficult problem||Classical music or Gregorian chants|
|Creating wireframes||More dubstep|
|Excel formulas and VBA macros||Death Metal or Industrial Powernoise|
|Footnote: recently ghettofunk has been a great fallback for any programming task. Stickybuds!|
Hopefully I’ll be able to look back at this post some time in the future and create an updated overview. Perhaps this will even inspire someone to up a music-programming cross table of their own. If you do: let me know!