Are All-Nighters Actually Good for Learning?

Today I did a Google search for “Computer programming all night learning” to pursue the idea that “doing all nighters” actually is beneficial for learning programming, contrary to conventional wisdom. Successful students, instructors developing assignment prototypes and practitioners often do this. It feels natural.  Why?

  1. Learning Computer Science http://alumni.cs.ucr.edu/~titus/learning.html  Avoidance of magic code; Empathy; Practice/Drill; Lectures suck; … other links.
  2. An academic paper on motivating intro. cs courses with game programming projects: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs.cmu.edu/Web/People/smrobert/SAMpapers/game_learning/teaching_with_games.pdf Students pulling all-nighters seems to be evidence that the motivation is successful, which is different from addressing the effects of all-nighters.
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