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  1. Comment on Want to be a better coder? Type faster. in ~comp

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    As I felt I was quite clear on in the article, the act of writing code itself is just a small part of why typing fast is important but it’s the other parts around coding that also involve typing...

    As I felt I was quite clear on in the article, the act of writing code itself is just a small part of why typing fast is important but it’s the other parts around coding that also involve typing that are also relevant and important. Writing code involves a lot of hitting keys other than just inputting the code into an editor, I tried to be very clear on that.

    Could you give advice as to which part of this was unclear and how I could improve? Would be very appreciative.

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  2. Comment on Want to be a better coder? Type faster. in ~comp

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    Oh no it’s all received in good faith, don’t worry about it. There was no need to delete the comment!

    Oh no it’s all received in good faith, don’t worry about it. There was no need to delete the comment!

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  3. Comment on Want to be a better coder? Type faster. in ~comp

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    I actually did tag it as such on my blog, but it was as a secondary tag. Apologies. I’ve updated the contact page to include my newly found tildes account: https://htmlpasta.com/contact/ So that...

    I actually did tag it as such on my blog, but it was as a secondary tag. Apologies.

    I’ve updated the contact page to include my newly found tildes account:
    https://htmlpasta.com/contact/

    So that should be proof. Loving all of the discussions happening on here, it has been very constructive reading.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Want to be a better coder? Type faster. in ~comp

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    Oh I make no claims about my programming skill; I may very well be a bad developer. I don’t feel that I am, but that could be confirmation bias :). But yes, there could be an element of that in...

    Oh I make no claims about my programming skill; I may very well be a bad developer. I don’t feel that I am, but that could be confirmation bias :). But yes, there could be an element of that in the tone on some self reflection, for sure. Perhaps worth reflecting on.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Want to be a better coder? Type faster. in ~comp

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    Admittedly while my article is very ranty and partisan to the issue, I think the subject is difficult to ever write about without being at least somewhat divisive. Not an excuse of course for...

    Gee, I wonder if it has anything to do with the way articles about the subject are written...

    Admittedly while my article is very ranty and partisan to the issue, I think the subject is difficult to ever write about without being at least somewhat divisive. Not an excuse of course for being so divisive myself, past what would be “normal” given the discussion.

    I do appreciate your commentary however and your defense of the 100 WPM mark. I absolutely believe that most developers have the ability to write much faster than they are and that it’d be helpful to them to learn to do so. I don’t think it’s a lack of aptitude or ability, I think mostly it’s a lack of not thinking it’s important and that’s the idea I was tackling.

    The commentary here though has given some good food for thought on how to approach the discussion in future in a less abrasive manner.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Want to be a better coder? Type faster. in ~comp

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    I don’t disagree with you at all, I wrote it because it’s the truth I live in my day to day life as a developer. Perhaps I am an asshole. I also however, feel that it’s an important part of their...

    But the guy just "cringed" at someone below that mark and that's just like... dude, fuck you.

    I don’t disagree with you at all, I wrote it because it’s the truth I live in my day to day life as a developer. Perhaps I am an asshole. I also however, feel that it’s an important part of their career and to me, it’s an alien concept that after so many years you would still type at such a pace. Reasonable pace, mind you, not slow.

    I guess the article is also a frustrated response to those that think that typing speed is not important at all for coding, which I think just ignores the tons of other ways in which typing better helps you be a better developer.

    And yes, Jeff Atwood even, is kind of “average” at typing compared to everyone else who’s at his skill level of coding. His WPM is nothing to write home about. I wasn’t quoting him as a sort of authority though. I have massive respect for Jeff, he has accomplished amazing things regardless of his typing speed and I think he’s an interesting person.

    Regardless, I appreciate your comments on the post and appreciate the “fuck you”, not sarcastically, to be clear! It gives me thought on how to better word my articles and ideas.

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  7. Comment on Want to be a better coder? Type faster. in ~comp

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    This is a great way to put it and was actually what I was trying to convey in the article, as I repeated a few times the concept “learning is by doing”, which I believe is especially true in...

    Typing speed does make you a much more efficient coder, not because of speed, but because you can problem-solve more efficiently

    This is a great way to put it and was actually what I was trying to convey in the article, as I repeated a few times the concept “learning is by doing”, which I believe is especially true in coding. I could’ve conveyed that in a more eloquent way, probably.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Want to be a better coder? Type faster. in ~comp

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    Code reading comprehension and ability to do that at fast rates and accurately envision how the code would work is definitely an immensely important skill in programming, I agree with you. Perhaps...

    Code reading comprehension and ability to do that at fast rates and accurately envision how the code would work is definitely an immensely important skill in programming, I agree with you.

    Perhaps I could’ve worded some of the gripes in a less abrasive way, for sure. I do stand by the reasoning though that strengthening this area of your ability shouldn’t be ignored as it is important, it’s just another one of those barriers between you and making the computer perform actions.

    I appreciate the thought out response, though.

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  9. Comment on Want to be a better coder? Type faster. in ~comp

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    Author of the post here. I agree with you completely. This piece that I wrote was indeed a rant piece, rather than intending to be very calm and collected constructive criticism. I do stand by the...

    Author of the post here. I agree with you completely. This piece that I wrote was indeed a rant piece, rather than intending to be very calm and collected constructive criticism. I do stand by the point, I think that typing speed is important in a developer's career and important for most people in IT to work on and is often overlooked as important with the concept that, "we don't spend all of our time writing code". Typing however as I went into in the article encompasses a lot more than just writing code, when you take into account the average daily activities of a developer.

    It was snarky and rude, admittedly, and I appreciate the feedback.

    9 votes