Software Developers Walking

Today’s guest post is from Ed Ball, Software Architect here at Logos. Ed has been with Logos since 1995. From time to time he blogs at the Logos Code Blog.

For more than a decade, a small group of Logos software developers has been taking daily walks near the office, just before lunch, rain or shine. Back in Oak Harbor, the standard walk was to the City Beach Park. Here in Bellingham, we have many roads and trails to choose from, and can be spotted just about anywhere within a mile of the office. We frequently walk along the beautiful Whatcom Creek Trail.

Our most infamous walk, however, is what we call the Death March, a three-mile hike to and from the observation tower in the Sehome Hill Arboretum. The entire walk takes about 45 minutes on a good day, which is a pace of nearly 4 miles per hour, climbing (and descending) over 500 feet.

(If you have Google Earth installed, you can see the hike in 3D.)

Just getting to the entrance is more of a hike than our typical walks.

The stairs up the observation tower provide the final ascent.

The payoff of the long walk is the stunning view of Bellingham and the bay.

Comments

  1. Daniel Foster says:

    What a great cardiovascular workout. And if you come across someone’s curb sale along the way, you might get an even better workout by schlepping a bunch of “treasures” back to the office for Bryan Albert. :-)

  2. Come on you guys! That is not a death march. YOu need to get in better shape. Try increasing the distance or jogging or both. With all due respect, you can do better than that.

  3. I would love to work at a place where I take walks with my co-workers!

  4. That’s nice and all but I say you tell those developers no more scenic walks, breaks, or even lunches till Logos 4 for Mac is in Beta. You could also bring in some cots and have them sleep there. Call it operation sweatshop ; ) Anxiously waiting…
    You can give them bathroom breaks for the time being considering they have done a good job so far.

  5. Dave Jewell says:

    Come on hflynn3, be fair. Remember these are software developers we’re talking about. Anything other than a trip to the coffee machine / rest room / canteen is considered an aerobic workout. But yeah, I’d like to see Logos 4 for Mac in beta before any more sight-seeing… ;-)
    Dave

  6. Billy Mc Daniel says:

    What a beautiful place to walk and share with a friend the glories of God. I am sure that many good ideas have “come to you” as you temporarly escape the electo-technical world to commune with the Creator in His creation. To God be the glory, great things He has done.

  7. Ben Sterling says:

    I am setting here in Montana thinking how much fun my wife and I will have on that walk this summer when we come to see your facility. I am new to logos 4 and we are a completely MAC family. So far I have plenty to play with in my “alfa” so there is no way I am going to the complaining side of that issue. You guys are doing a great job and a little walk to the hill now and then is probably a mind cleansing activity. Thanks for all your effort so far and I am sure I will be eternally grateful.
    Ben Sterling

  8. Being a developer, I find a little envy that your staff can take such walks. Before my disability, I workd for the UPS company, and feel had I had such an activity, I so would have been even sharper and forthcoming in my duties. So, as long as it benefits your dev staff, you should promoted it.
    Next time you all trek up there with your camera, try getting some lighting into the thing. So much is too darkened to see it clearly.
    Sure would like to add my own extensibilty to Logos. Especially the “Read Out Loud” functionality. Is there a way a developer can access your libraries and be able to do this? Just wondering :-)
    ░░▒▒▓▓█│Ben Curtis│█▓▓▒▒░░

  9. Yeah, It happend to me the same. I’m an old user of Logos software… and I’m tired of waiting every week to a more developed Logos4 for Mac version…and going to the web if something changed. When I saw that programmers were taking so much time walking… I was disappointed. And I feel like stupid when I read… ” We have a team of talented developers WORKING long hours to finish Logos Bible Software 4 for Mac” or ” just needs work at the user interface level, and we’re doing that AS FAST AS WE CAN”. Sorry that last one seems you are laying. Watch out guys. Credibility and CLIENT satisfaction are going down this way. We are christian not stupid people. Work is work.. and when In my company something is to be done…is a priority…then comes the walking times. Those comments are good for your workers…but your clients are waiting and EVERY DAY and HOUR count againts the objective: clients satisfaction of a well developed software. Besides…we are tired of reading the same things in the MAC section. Please…finish it…then show us your funny stories…and with a completed software we can laugh together. You owened us a product (in Mac it is)…not an update. Give the best time for His people.
    God Bless you.
    Daniel Dominguez

  10. The post was about our Windows team, not our Mac team. As far as I know, the Mac team hasn’t been taking walks. But even if they had, keep in mind that taking breaks can make you more productive and actually speed up the progress of the project. Sitting at a desk all day without getting up to eat, drink, move, sleep, etc. would actually slow down the progress of the Mac version, because our Mac team would starve, dehydrate, and probably eventually die. :)