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The Flow is often described as a creative state of mind in which the code just flows out. You type effortlessly, all algorithms and structures just form in your head, without design, or heartache.

It is said that good programmers can code entire programs in The Flow.

My personal view is that The Flow exists (I've been there), but that there is nothing mystical or magical about it. It's just your creative mind taking control, and you can attain the state when you know your stuff well enough. When you no longer have to worry about things such as curly braces or check manual pages constantly, you are free to do what actually matters: code.

To get to The Flow, just work, work, and work. When the Flow comes, you'll feel it.

It takes a lot of effort to make things seem effortless.


I just realized something: The Flow is also a simultaneous feeling of having the world at your fingertips, an omnipotent feeling; but simultaneously, it is also about losing yourself into a chaos, where you no longer are yourself. Um. Weird.

-- JanneJalkanen, 14-Feb-2003.

Note that Flow was made popular by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book: Finding Flowand others.

-- EricStewart, 25-Sep-2003 Some good reading about the flow can be found at:

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« This particular version was published on 25-Sep-2003 08:19 by EricStewart.