Pair programming with multiple mouse pointers and keyboard foci

On the one hand this looks like a neat technology. On the other hand it could be more “extreme”.

Cuberick: Pair programming with multiple mouse pointers and keyboard foci

Sure. It removes the bottleneck of fighting for control of a single keyboard and mouse, but there is still only a single screen. So why not use a version of this where each user also gets their own screen. It’s easy, familiar and cheap and works with any operating system – it’s called a separate computer.

While this may seem sarcastic, my point is really that one of the key reasons pair programming works is that it allows each partner to take different a role. While one is “driving” and concerned with the details of keyboard and mouse the other is free to consider larger issues.

I may be wrong, but it seems that allowing both to drive loses that benefit, and plunges both partners into the fiddly world of move, click and type.

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