June 30, 2009

How do programmers feel about their software?

Writing about web page http://www.natpryce.com/articles/000748.html

Nat Pryce posted an article entitled "What do Programmers Feel About Their Software?", which provided a program to try and visualise what the comments in code indicate about programmers' emotions. The program basically analyses all of the comments in the program (which are usually only seen by other programmers working on the same software) and uses Synesketch to display a visual representation of emotion.

So, naturally, I plugged in some of our own software, and the results were quite surprising... There are some demos on the Synesketch website which show some examples of what the images mean.



Surprisingly, there is a lot of happiness here (signified by circles in bright colours).



Again, strong happiness for our file-sharing application.

Our (unreleased and unnamed) portal project

Portal Project

Even stronger happiness here, which is to be expected more since it's a relatively new project and I'm the only one who's worked on it...



In sharp (and dire) contrast, comments in our CMS show severe sadness. There are probably a few reasons for this... use of Swing WebFlow is probably up there as one of the top reasons. There's also a LOT more code (and more programmers) than in any of the other projects, and we're a lot more likely to look at each others' code and go "wrong!"

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  1. Andrew Ingram

    I wonder what the script for Anchorman looks like

    30 Jun 2009, 14:04

  2. Mathew Mannion

    Using the script from http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/a/anchorman-script-transcript-anchor-man.html it looks like this:

    30 Jun 2009, 14:10

  3. Nick Howes

    It would be interesting to see what words in its word list affected the overall mood the most. You could probably tweak the code to output something like that.

    30 Jun 2009, 15:05

  4. Would make cool T-shirt designs. Really interesting.

    01 Jul 2009, 03:04

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