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How to ruin Linus's vacation

How to ruin Linus's vacation

Posted Jul 23, 2011 21:38 UTC (Sat) by neilbrown (subscriber, #359)
In reply to: How to ruin Linus's vacation by smurf
Parent article: How to ruin Linus's vacation

I hadn't heard of it either .. but search engines are our friends.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Rubber+Duckie+Test

Pick the wikipedia link on Rubber Duck Debugging.


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How to ruin Linus's vacation

Posted Jul 25, 2011 18:08 UTC (Mon) by Lennie (guest, #49641) [Link]

I just knew the "janitor effect".

I presume the name comes from working late because you can not figure out a problem. Then the janitor comes and he can sees you are kind of frustrated and asks what the problem is.

You try to explain it to the janitor in simple terms and then you understand your problem and can fix it.

Then you go home happy I guess.

The ducky is just a way to try and induce that state of mind with an inanimate object where you are trying to explain the problem to someone else in simple terms.


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