Developers – Does typing speed matter?
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 typing.io.
Typing.io 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?