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Hot Streak and Cold Streak Programming Tools. Michael Shah Tufts University June 17, 2013. Feeling “in the zone”. Photo Sources: ESPN , nymag.com , zioziegler. Hot and Cold Streaks C an Influence Programming Language Design. Call to Action

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Hot Streak and Cold Streak Programming Tools

Michael Shah

Tufts University

June 17, 2013


Feeling “in the zone”

Photo Sources: ESPN, nymag.com, zioziegler


Hot and Cold Streaks Can Influence Programming Language Design

  • Call to Action

    • Build programming languages conducive to hot streaks

    • Have concrete metrics

  • Result

    • Utilize programming aces more effectively


Metrics For Measuring Performance

  • Defining a “hot” or “cold” streak for a software engineer

  • Often performance measured by “tests passed”

    • But does this constitute any sort of hot or cold rhythm?

  • Needs to be done in the background

    • Limited interruptions


Measurable Tasks

  • Within the source code (the software project)

    • Unit Tests Passed

    • Assertions Passed

    • Contracts Passed

    • Lines of Code Written that stay in final product

  • Outside of the source code (the physical programmer)

    • Hours of sleep

    • Hours worked straight

    • Expertise with subject matter

    • Cups of Coffee


Existing Tools For Maintaining Hot Streaks


Working out of a Cold Streak

  • Documentation

    • Force programmer to slow down

  • Refactoring Code

    • Encourage critical thinking

  • Other Productive Tasks that give you a rhythm

    • Can helpful tools dynamically be given to struggling programmers?


So Take Some Time to Reflect

  • Perhaps you’re skeptical

  • Have you been on a hot or cold programming streak?

  • What were the circumstances?

  • What can we do about it?


Hot Streak and Cold Streak Programming Tools

Michael Shah

Tufts University

June 17, 2013


Backup Slides – Pair Programming

  • Can one partner act as the “coach”?

  • How does teammate chemistry come into play?


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