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I don't think sketching is only useful for designers. Before I solve complex coding problems I usually have a block where I can scribbled and sketch solutions. This method makes it much easier to brainstorm and think than using something rigid like a text editor (at least for me).

I used to draw out little graphs representing data and more exotic structures, but I found that trying to focus on the paper would ruin my train of thought. I try to visualize that stuff in my head now, and it's gotten easier with practice.

It's not intentional, but it seems like my method has turned into "stare at a wall for an hour, and then write function prototypes."

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