I haven’t written much lately because I’ve decided to having two ears and one mouth probably means I should spend more time listening rather than talking.
It is an interesting exercise, trying to tune the world in while not adding to the noise. For programming I think this is an essential skill, it is how one learns new things. Lately I have found that having a good cup of hot tea and sitting back to take in things (bugs, new ideas, etc.) really helps me to move forward.
I’ve been hanging out at my favorite independent coffee house Tazza doing some programming work and thinking, and I have to say its a really cool place to hang out. I love the hot tea there, and from what everyone has told me the coffee is really good. The staff (hi everybody!) is very friendly and love to chat. That along with the cakes and cookies combined with the great (and free!) WiFi makes this little coffee bar the ultimate place for me to get away from the grind of the office.
I always wondered why some developers hang out in coffee shops, and now I think I know why: its a good place to be in order to keep your perspective. I might be the only programmer in there, so hearing other people talk about other things helps me to keep things in the right light.
So if you are in Atlanta (especially the Buckhead/Midtown/Georgia Tech area) you owe it to yourself to drop in to Tazza and enjoy a good cup. (The address is 1700 Northside Drive, Atlanta GA 30318 or just use this link)