Developers – Does typing speed matter?

By Hadiyah Mujhid 2 Comments

Content originally posted on the Engineers Don’t Blog website.

This week pairing with Tammer Saleh has been pretty cool. Its a great opportunity and I’m learning a lot. My main reasons for joining the TBL team is to ramp up my developer skills. The first feedback from Tammer, after our pairing session was that I didn’t know how to type. Actually, he told me I wasn’t allowed to ‘drive’ anymore until I learned how to type.

Ok? Me? Techie me? I don’t know how to type? I’m on a computer most of the day, typing emails, tweeting, and blogging (not really). How can I not be a proficient typer? I filed this comment in the randomness of all things Tammer, until yesterday. I saw a tweet from hacker news with a link to is a typing app for developers. So, this speed typing is actually a thing. So, much of a thing that someone made an app for typing practice. A couple of google searches revealed more posts of typing speed being a factor for developers. I’m not a two finger pecker. But according to wpm speeds posted online by developers, I may be a remedial typer at 47wpm. A couple of blog posts suggest that developers should have typing speeds on 60+ wpm.

So, I’ll be practicing my typing skills to earn the keys to ‘drive’. Just curious, if you’re a developer, does typing speed matter? Also, what’s your wpm?

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Hadiyah Mujhid

Hadiyah Mujhid is a software engineer and entrepreneur. She is the founder at HBCU to Startup where she helps connect HBCU alumni and students to opportunities in tech. Follow her rants on Twitter: @hadiyahdotme and @hbcutostartup

  • 63 on the second try, 50 on the first! Haven’t typed for speed in ages!
    I think the special characters associated with programming are going to be harder than what is
    going on at that site.

    Yeah I’m having a problem thinking that typing speed matters, but I do believe knowing the short cuts matters, such as in the case of using an editor like Vim or Emacs.

  • Sam Ranken

    The basic typing speed or the bare minimum typing speed that you require to complete your essay in 15 minutes is 15-16 words per minute. The first thing you can do is to go online and Google ‘typing speed
    tests’ and figure out if you are above or below this timeline. Also you can check your typing speed by giving a typing test on