Sunday, January 29, 2012

Visual studio gamification

If you've seen this excellent TED video, then this news about a game-style achievement system being built into the common software engineer programming tool Visual Studio should come as no surprise.  I like the idea but think they left out a very important achievement - that I just observed with astonishment: It took Visual Studio about 20 seconds to un-indent my file, using full CPU (2.8Ghz Core 2).  I won't say how many lines of code are in this .cpp file, but it's fair to say a lot.  The code compiles to about a million lines of VHDL :-D (though most of that is redeclaring tons of variables in separate files, even if they aren't used, so not doing anything).

Anyway, my fellow netizens, congrats on making it through January - not much of an achievement here in the Bay Area  but I have certainly not forgotten the giant brass ones it takes to make it through a New Hampshire winter, so here is your shout out NH!  Live free or die trying!


  1. Also have a look at RedCritter Tracker it adds badges, leaderboards and a company rewards store to project management - specifically Agile projects. It doesn't require Visual Studio.

  2. Interesting! I will look into it -