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
|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!