I wish I was one of those people who could listen to an audiobook while they work, but I can’t. I don’t know if it’s something unique to programming, or some inability of my brain to handle auditory multi-tasking, but I can’t read/write code (or much else) while also listening to human speech. Am I alone? I’ll bet I’m not. In Manish Sinha’s recent article, “What it feels like to be in the zone as a programmer”, he identifies the same issue:
I’ve not had a lot of time to work on any side projects lately, been very busy with work and family stuff. But I have just this past month scraped together enough time to put out an new version of my writing app for windows 8, Poe
Poe is a simple distraction-free writing app with lots of neat little features to help authors knuckle down and focus on the writing. I won’t go into all the details here - that’s what I built the poe site for.