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My path to improving my typing skills

Kiev Andres
React developer πŸ”₯. Frontend & UI/UX lover πŸ’“. Musician 🎸🎻🎺. Christian β›ͺπŸ™ŒπŸΎ
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πŸ“– A little bit of my background

When I was in college. I read a book called πŸ“—Competitive Programming 3πŸ“— written by Steven Halim and Felix Halim, on the tips section they said:

Try this typing test at http://www.typingtest.com and follow the instructions there on how to improve your typing skill. Steven's is ~85-95 wpm and Felix's is ~55-65 wpm. If your typing speed is much less than those numbers, please take this tip seriously!

I tried this advice but ended up getting more confused. I was a beginner

On my ~5 years of college I reach ~32 WPM, that was fast for me and I don't see the need of increase my speed

I don't care

😷 The impact of COVID

On 2020 many companies has switched to remote work (that was my case) and it was time to use time well, learn something new or master some I already had. In some point the work was overwhelming, with 10 to 12-hour workdays and some sleepless nights 🀯

Sleepless

To make matters worse, back and hand pain began to appear!

⌚ Time to get solutions

A right chair and some pillows solved the back problem, but 1 problem still persist, hand pain and if I tried to write fast, the pain returned o worsend.

I should clarify that my fast typing was πŸ˜…35 WPMπŸ˜… so it was a lot of effort with little or no benefit

The year 2021 has arrived and I decided to retake the course proposal by Steven and Felix Halim πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼 and this was my progress:


Lesson 1

Lesson 1

As you can see, with all the new technique: "home row", correct finger position, and all the ergonomics, my speed drops dramatically to ~9-16 WPM

Type in the computer has never been so difficult πŸ˜…


Lesson 2

Lesson 2

With much effort I reach ~25-35 WPM, it's almost my normal speed 😫


Lesson 3

Lesson 3

After a week of 9 to 10-hour workdays (because the work cant's stop) I recovered my normal speed of ~21-39 WPM


Lesson 4

Lesson 4

I decided to practice the new technique for 2 weeks, after that I went back to the Lesson and the result was awesome πŸ’ͺ🏼. ~24-45 WPM


At this point πŸ€” I realized that writing code sentences in my code editor was more difficult than writing a simple sentence in a text editor like Word. This is because coding requires special characters like [], {}, '', etc.

I'm from Bolivia (South America), so I have always used a spanish keyboard layout

Spanish Keyboard

As you can see, the special characters a little more effort to type them

As an alternative I found a Latin American keyboard layout based on the previous one

Latin American Keyboard

It seems a bit more comfortabble but, I was not completely conviced

In this post and (many others) I found that the best option for programming was the English keyboard layout. Great!
but how can I deal with Spanish words and the "Γ±"? (improvised jazz music in the background xD)

Thinking

In the comments of the same post mentioned above, I discovered that an English keyboard layout can be extended to international layout!

English International Keyboard

Great That's it!. It's time to re-learn my typing technique.


Lesson 8

Lesson 8

That decision (the best one by the way) slowed me down a bit.


Lesson 13

Lesson 13

Eventually after almost 2 months of practice, I regained the writing typing speed gained πŸ˜ƒ


Final Test (1st Section)

Final Test

And not only have I regained my typing speed. I have beaten my record!

57 WPM!! I don't believe it

Surprised

Currently, July 2021. This is my record on https://play.typeracer.com/

Typing record

At the moment my typing speed is ~49-59 WPM

πŸ“š Conclusion

This is the beginning of the habit of constantly practicing typing speed.

What is my goal?

Well, typing speed is not everything in software development (see this video from freeCodeCamp Talks). I still have a long way to go to become a great senior developer, for now I'm just an aspiring mid-level developer, and typing speed is one tool to get there

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Thanks for reading!

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