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 for larval stage
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  larval stage
   n.
  
      Describes a period of monomaniacal concentration on coding apparently
      passed through by all fledgling hackers. Common symptoms include the
      perpetration of more than one 36-hour hacking run in a given week;
      neglect of all other activities including usual basics like food, sleep,
      and personal hygiene; and a chronic case of advanced bleary-eye. Can last
      from 6 months to 2 years, the apparent median being around 18 months. A few
      so afflicted never resume a more ?normal? life, but the ordeal seems to be
      necessary to produce really wizardly (as opposed to merely competent)
      programmers. See also wannabee. A less protracted and intense version of
      larval stage (typically lasting about a month) may recur when one is
      learning a new OS or programming language.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  larval stage
  
     Describes a period of monomaniacal concentration on coding
     apparently passed through by all fledgling hackers.  Common
     symptoms include the perpetration of more than one 36-hour
     hacking run in a given week; neglect of all other activities
     including usual basics like food, sleep, and personal hygiene;
     and a chronic case of advanced bleary-eye.  Can last from 6
     months to 2 years, the apparent median being around 18 months.
     A few so afflicted never resume a more "normal" life, but the
     ordeal seems to be necessary to produce really wizardly (as
     opposed to merely competent) programmers.  See also
     wannabee.  A less protracted and intense version of larval
     stage (typically lasting about a month) may recur when one is
     learning a new OS or programming language.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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