View Poll Results: How fast can you type?

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  • below 15wpm

    1 2.78%
  • 15-35wpm

    2 5.56%
  • 35-55wpm

    12 33.33%
  • above 55wpm!

    21 58.33%

Speed in Touch Typing

This is a discussion on Speed in Touch Typing within the A Brief History of Cprogramming.com forums, part of the Community Boards category; I thought everyone learnt exactly where every key on the keyboard is after getting a IM or just going to ...

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    I thought everyone learnt exactly where every key on the keyboard is after getting a IM or just going to a school where they demand you to write a full A4 essay or report or whatever! >.< schools demand too much these days, me thinks
    Anyways, anyone got a link to a good test? Don't trust Google on this one, 'cause I ain't gonna take a test for no use :P
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    I'd be curious to know if she writes her essays this fast.
    True! I've wanted to get some formal training in typing for a while... I did a couple of classes in middle school and what not, but I'm still basically a hunt-and-peck kinda guy.

    My speed just came with practice - and when I'm focusing on doing it smoothly I can use 5 or 6 different fingers. I'm sure my speed would drastically improve if I trained myself to use every finger.

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    My speed just came with practice - and when I'm focusing on doing it smoothly I can use 5 or 6 different fingers. I'm sure my speed would drastically improve if I trained myself to use every finger.
    Muscle memory plays a very important role in touch typing. If you are going to 'learn' touch typing, I'd suggest starting off with the dvorak layout instead of the qwerty one. You can get speeds much higher than what you could on a qwerty layout, with less finger movement. It's very difficult to 'unlearn' a particular layout once your fingers are used to it.
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    >+++++++++[<++++++++>-]<.>+++++++[<++++>-]<+.+++++++..+++.[-]>++++++++[<++++>-] <.>+++++++++++[<++++++++>-]<-.--------.+++.------.--------.[-]>++++++++[<++++>- ]<+.[-]++++++++++.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxorator View Post
    I'm around 90-95 too. But I don't use my right thumb.
    Ditto. I am about 110-120 and do not use my right thumb or right pinky. Much to many people's annoyance I do not use the ten key pad very swiftly at all. I am just as fast as any speedy 10-key pad user using regular typing. After a point, type-speed is simply wasted on us programmer folk To be frank, anything around 40wpm is fast enough to code rapidly.

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    Yes, but how many of you type properly? I mean the proper hand-layout and everything.
    I do.

    I get ~60 WPM sustained, 80 WPM for 2 minute tests. Accuracy I don't remember, it was in the high 90's.

    I use all my fingers (alternating thumbs for space, right pinky for backspace and enter).

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    ~69wpm with good accuracy if the test I took following the link on this page is to be believed: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001188.html.

    I use my left thumb for space and nothing else (occasionally left alt or windows), my right thumb does bugger all. Pinky on my left hand is on shift / caps lock / ctrl duty (left ring takes tab). Writing about it I've just realised how I never use right shift or ctrl. Ever. Also I tend to use my right ring finger where I should probably be using my pinky (everything from P to the right).
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    I get around ~95&#37; accuracy on most typing, with or without looking at the keyboard. I know by know where each key is, and using the QWERTY keyboard, the little nubs on F and J really help a lot.

    My speed varies . . . from 30 WPM when I'm taking dictation, to over 100 WPM when I don't care about accuracy . . . but usually I'm sitting at a comfortable 75 WPM.

    I don't think as fast as I type.

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    Muscle memory plays a very important role in touch typing. If you are going to 'learn' touch typing, I'd suggest starting off with the dvorak layout instead of the qwerty one. You can get speeds much higher than what you could on a qwerty layout, with less finger movement. It's very difficult to 'unlearn' a particular layout once your fingers are used to it.
    After hearing about many benefits of dvorak layout I wanna try it out.
    But I am just curious whether all Operating Systems would support it or not.(I noticed Windows XP supports it)
    Currently my speed in qwerty layout is around 45wpm(certain improvement after some practice!) and a switch to dvorak is going to be harder than learning it from scratch i guess.
    Also I don't know whether I would retain my memory for qwerty if i try dvorak.Anybody type in both layouts?.
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    I've heard of lots of people who use both and need about two minutes for the switch. Less, if they switch regularly.

    Linux supports dvorak, and I don't see a reason why Mac shouldn't.
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    I'm a slow typist, I guess. I never clocked myself though.
    I use mostly my middle fingers, my thumbs and my indicators. Rarely I use other fingers, except when drawing key combinations like SHIFT+ and company.

    I'm unfortunately also too clumsy for my taste. If I took a test I'd say I'd get most probably a 20&#37; to 30% error rate. I do notice most of the errors though and correct them. I also tend to think ahead of what 'm writing and because of that have been justly accused of having a sometimes confusing writing. This is compounded with the fact I rarely bother proof-reading when posting on forums or writing emails.

    I don't have any personal interest in learning touch typing, though. It's terribly boring and I'm happy with how I perform, regardless.
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    Personally, I learnt touch typing because I couldn't keep up with 9-10 IM conversations and at the same time hunt for the next key to press.
    Code:
    >+++++++++[<++++++++>-]<.>+++++++[<++++>-]<+.+++++++..+++.[-]>++++++++[<++++>-] <.>+++++++++++[<++++++++>-]<-.--------.+++.------.--------.[-]>++++++++[<++++>- ]<+.[-]++++++++++.

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    So, according to the test, 53 WPM with 6 errors. Many more errors that I corrected while typing - my main problem is inaccuracy.
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    >> So, according to the test, 53 WPM with 6 errors. Many more errors that I corrected while typing - my main problem is inaccuracy.

    And is this by touch or hunting/pecking?

    >> Never done a test, and my writing limit is usually limited more by my thoughts than by my fingers

    You generally come across as rather articulate, so maybe that's a good thing.
    Code:
    #include <cmath>
    #include <complex>
    bool euler_flip(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow
        (
            std::complex<float>(std::exp(1.0)), 
            std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
            * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1.0)
            *(1 << (value + 2)))
        ).real() < 0;
    }

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastiani View Post
    >> So, according to the test, 53 WPM with 6 errors. Many more errors that I corrected while typing - my main problem is inaccuracy.

    And is this by touch or hunting/pecking?
    Touch, but I lose really a lot of time because I notice my errors by touch, too, and can't go on when I make one.

    >> Never done a test, and my writing limit is usually limited more by my thoughts than by my fingers

    You generally come across as rather articulate, so maybe that's a good thing.
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    62 wpm, with 100% accuracy; I made two mistakes but corrected them. However I think that type test can never be completely accurate; apart from the fact that you type a lot faster when you type from your head, it also depends on what the type test wants you to type; it can give you sentences similar to "George ate an apple and threw up." or sentences like "Cryptographically secure linear feedback shift register based stream ciphers". Also, I don't know about you guys, but I'm extremely nervous when I do a type test, and specifically with this one could feel that I wasn't typing 100%.

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