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Slides for the talk playgramming at isaga-2010

Playgramming

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Gaming
Productivity
Programming

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Matt S Trout
(mst)

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Shadowcat
Systems

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NW England

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perl

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training
support
consultancy

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educate
elucidate
inspire

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perl

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perl
community

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insane
brilliant

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volunteers

-

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programmers
play games

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Eve
Online

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World of
Warcraft

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Social
groupings

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Office
gaming

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Wolfenstein:
Enemy
Territory

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Small
teams

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Multiple
classes

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Know your
colleagues

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D&D
4E

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Striker
Defender
Controller
Leader

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Striker:
raw
damage

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Striker:
feature
developer

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Defender:
tank

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Defender:
maintainance
programmer

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Controller:
area
effect

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Controller:
systems
architect

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Leader:
boost and
heal

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Leader:
PM or
team lead

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Anecdatal
evidence

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Case study:
last sunday

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Diablo II

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Jen
Assassin

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Striker
Controller

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Developer
Systems

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Aurynn
Barbarian

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Striker
Leader

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Me
Necromancer

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Controller
Leader

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Architect
Team lead

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(and so we
spent hours
killing things
for fun ...)

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programming
as a game

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ICFP

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International
Conference
Functional
Programming

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IFCP
contest

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Annual

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Results
announced
at the
conference

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Cash
prizes

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$2k
total

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I didn't
even know

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Organisers
announce

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1st

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"the programming
language of choice
for discriminating
hackers"

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2nd

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"a fine tool
for many
applications"

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Lightning

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"very suitable
for rapid
prototyping"

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judge's
prize

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"an extremely
cool bunch
of hackers"

-

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educating
as a game

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evolution

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usenet

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pure
communication
medium

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reputation by
... reputation

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acclaim
of peers

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"being
known"

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forums

-

points
per post

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badges

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reputation
by volume

-

no guarantee
of signal
to noise ratio

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perlmonks

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points
per post

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reputation
per post

-

level up

-

acclaim by
voting

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groupthink
problems

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acclaim by
saying what
everybody
else would

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experts
exchange

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expert
sexchange

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closed
site

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google
hostile

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reputation
not public

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FAIL

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lunch
eaten
by:

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stack
overflow

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points for
answers

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points for
good answers

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points for
solving the
questioner's
problem

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points for
questions

-

points for
interesting
questions

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helping
educating
initiating

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community

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community
competition

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community
competition
co-operation

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me

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Inline::Guile

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Sam
Tregar

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"sign up
to PAUSE"

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Catalyst

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irc.perl.org
#catalyst

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talking
to people

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solving
problems

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"this
is fun"

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  <person> mst++

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  <mst> karma mst
  <purl> mst has karma of 1704

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learning to
help people

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learning to
teach people

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... while
working

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learning to
multitask!

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perl
community

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CPAN

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20000
libraries

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1000 new
versions
per month

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200 new
libraries
per month

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How?

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donation

-

giving
back

-

force
multiplier

-

sheer
joy

-

visible
recognition

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CPAN
leaderboard

-

most recent
releasers

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miyagawa
221

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cpanratings

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cpanrantings

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IRC karma

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Thank you
notes (really)

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cpants

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quality?

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kwalitee

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well formed
distribution

-

tests

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examples

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comprehensive
documentation

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used by
other
distributions

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RT queue

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rt.cpan.org

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mostly
though

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people as
motivation

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people who
use our
software

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people who
ask for help

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people who
help to help
other users

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people who
contribute

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tests

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tests
features

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tests
features
bugfixes

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tests
features
bugfixes
documentation

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collaboration

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team
building

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watching
people
level up

-

race to
patch

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"you give me
a test, I'll
write the
feature"

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contributor
lists

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non-distinguishing
contributor lists

-

community
co-operation

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competition?

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developer
versus
tester

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specification

-

build
tests

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build
code

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code should
implement
specification

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tests should
prove compliance
to specification

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race!

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dev tries
to implement
faster than
tester can
write tests

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red/green

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test matrix

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"going green"

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never fail an
existing test

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quality through
competition

-

dunce
cap

-

solitaire
version

-

build
test

-

pass
test

-

watch your
lines of green
lengthen

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positive
feedback
addiction

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Case
Studies

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(more
anecdata)

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"first run of
code is always
from a test"

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tangible
progress

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tangible
-proven-
progress

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developer
versus
tester

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"This man
is a ninja"

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youbrokethebuild.com

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friendly
competition

-

social
dynamic

-

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Summary

-

Summary
(start thinking
about questions)

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community
co-operation
competition

-

incentives
to volume

-

incentives
to quality

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incentives
to elegance

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incentives
to teaching

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teams play
together

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teams work
together

-

programming
can be play

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productivity
can be play

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Questions?

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http://shadowcat.co.uk/
mst@shadowcat.co.uk
twitter: @shadowcat_mst
(come get a coaster :)