What snack best fuels open source programmers?

Posted 08 Aug 2014 by 

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25% (61 votes)
Something cheesy
12% (29 votes)
Nuts (and berries?)
32% (77 votes)
Anything, as long as it's paired with an energy drink!
18% (43 votes)
Other (I'll list my answer in the comments)
13% (30 votes)
Total votes: 240

Talk about hitting a sugar-coated nerve.

Last week, Anne LoVerso graciously shared with us the moving story of her experience as a Systems Management summer intern at Red Hat. She said she's leaving the company "a changed person," having discovered "that open source is more than a word used to describe some vague coding communities" and having "learned how to use git correctly, how to write Go, and how to navigate a Linux dev environment efficiently."

And when she returns to Olin College of Engineering this semester, she'll take with her another important lesson from the programming front lines:

I learned that software engineers like to pick the dark chocolate bars out of the mixed bags of Hershey's chocolate and leave nothing but the less desirable Mr. Goodbars and Krackel bars.

It's a valuable insight indeed—one sure to come in handy during future job interviews.

But not everyone agreed. When her story hit Reddit, reaction to LoVerso's dismissal of those yellow and red delights was swift and impassioned.

"YOU LEARNED NOTHING," said user gbromios.

"Seriously!" elusive_one concurred. "I recently bought a mix bag that I keep in a bowl for guests that come by. The krackel are gone and there may be a few mr. goodbars near the bottom. The rest pretty much remain untouched."

User ohmantics was flabbergasted: "What? This is crazy talk. Krackel are the best bars in the assortment!"

Apparently, not everyone agrees on the matter of which snack best fuels open source programmers. What do you think?

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I go on a weekly fruit binge at the supermarket to fuel my development work.
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Open Sourcerer
Pita chips with either hummus or a dip made with Patak's brand Chile Relish is my go-to snack. The dip recipe is from the Chile Relish jar.
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I eat organic veggie juice I make every morning so my mind stays sharp and focussed on the codes and the display that has multiple windows with source codes in small font. I can see everything and can think clearly in both macro and micro scale of the codes. If I eat anything laden with lots of sodium, protein, or fat, I cannot attain that level of attentiveness.
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Snickers. No, I don't mean I'm laughing (although I got a chuckle out of this). Snickers has peanuts, which are a decent source of protein at 4g/bar. If you're okay without chocolate, PayDay is even better, with 7g/bar., but at that point, you might as well grab a jar of peanut butter and a big spoon. (Which ain't a bad snack at midnight! Just hope the game show doesn't call asking about Aaron Burr!)
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At work I currently have bhuja mix, raisins, dried apricots, chocolate, mandarins, and carrots. A snack for every mood. :)
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Bryan Behrenshausen

Bryan Behrenshausen | Bryan is a doctoral candidate in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Since 2011, he's been the Opensource.com summer intern. When he's not thinking or writing about all things open source, he's playing video games or reading classic science fiction. Around the Net, he goes by the nickname "semioticrobotic."

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