Program or be Programmed

Pair Programming is Like an ‘Endless Bad Blind Date’

(Photo: Global Nerdy)

If you work at a startup and have ever seen two engineers cozied up next to each other on a beanbag chair intently gazing into the same computer screen, you’ve probably got some pair programmers on your hands. Soon, like a couple who has soured on each other’s affection, they will quibble over the tiniest infractions and eat dinner sullenly, with nothing more to say to each other.

The concept of pair programming–two engineers sharing a computer and working on the same code together–is nothing new, butĀ The Wall Street JournalĀ has discovered the phenomenon and seems simultaneously shocked and awed by how it works. Read More