Discussion on: Programmers who only code at work

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Stevie Oberg

You can love programming without wanting to do it 24/7. Personally I quickly burn myself out if I let myself program in my free time, so I don't (well I do, but rarely). Instead I focus on other interests, like art or writing or reading, though sometimes I write or read about tech topics. It's important to do things other than program, if only so you can apply those skills to programming and give your brain a break from a difficult problem.

I do think there is a certain amount of passion necessary to become a great programmer, but if you're programming 40 hours a week and not seeing improvements in your ability then there's something wrong.