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Author Topic: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute  (Read 6204 times)

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Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute
« on: December 02, 2014, 03:34:45 AM »
An interesting use case for Stenotype.


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Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2014, 03:50:48 AM »
I am not entirely sure I could code at 240 words per minute, even if my brain were directly connected to my computer via a thought to text engine, unless it could translate visual thought concepts.

But that would be in the realm of sci-fi, where you could create a UI and make it work, by just imagining yourself using it.  :D

Currently, I'd have to say the bulk of my development time is not spent on actual typing of code, but rather testing, debugging, and research, and I don't see learning stenotype shortening the time spent doing that, by very much, even at double that rate (480 WPM).

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Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2014, 05:43:13 AM »
I've never worked in a room full of coders.  But I would tend to think sessions where they just type in a flurry of working code are routines they've done so many times they could just paste them in from their code snippets.  But they want to show off.  :)

There was a guy in my analyst group who was also a concert pianist.  He liked to type at top speed to show off this finger dexterity.  But he never let anyone time him that I know of.  He just liked to see the text fill up the screen.  Also he didn't care about typos.  :)

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Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2014, 06:43:54 AM »
What was the old saying, '4 bugs for every 1,000 lines of code' ... But we can hit 5-7 if we try real hard.

Speed is not always the solution.

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Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2014, 09:12:12 AM »
What was the old saying, '4 bugs for every 1,000 lines of code' ... But we can hit 5-7 if we try real hard.

Speed is not always the solution.

That, and typing rate isn't the big limiter in coding for the most part.  I find that the largest asset in coding isn't speed, but the ability to identify problems and create appropriate solutions.

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Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2014, 08:32:26 PM »
240 words per minute?!?! 

Maybe y'all need to ease up a bit:
http://jaxenter.com/...gramming-112923.html
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Because programmers don’t just type out code. The act of engineering software is more than just hammering line after line of software into a computer, like laying bricks.

I wrote about it here:
http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=39720.0

Geez folks, grab a hammock and code easy...

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Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2014, 06:28:00 AM »

Geez folks, grab a hammock and code easy...


But if you have the skills, the equipment, and the software, what reason can you give not to use stenotype? Isn't that like advocating hunt & peck over touch typing?

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Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2014, 10:08:49 AM »
But if you have the skills, the equipment, and the software, what reason can you give not to use stenotype? Isn't that like advocating hunt & peck over touch typing?

Does phonetics cover everything that you would need in a programming environment... really?  Especially with the use of templates and snippets and shortcuts.

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Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2014, 01:11:45 PM »
But if you have the skills, the equipment, and the software, what reason can you give not to use stenotype? Isn't that like advocating hunt & peck over touch typing?

Does phonetics cover everything that you would need in a programming environment... really?  Especially with the use of templates and snippets and shortcuts.

She did go into that in the video, explaining the concept and usage of a personal dictionary.

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Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2014, 02:37:11 PM »
I will admit... it's 34 minutes, so I didn't watch the whole thing.  If someone wants to use it... more power to them.  But it doesn't look like something I'd use nor advocate.

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Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2014, 03:18:02 PM »
I will admit... it's 34 minutes, so I didn't watch the whole thing.  If someone wants to use it... more power to them.  But it doesn't look like something I'd use nor advocate.

I suppose if someone made a career switch from stenographer to developer it would only be natural.  On the downside there's enough metrics already without being expected to "type" 200+ wpm of bug free code.  :)

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Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2014, 08:12:33 AM »
As the old saying goes

Speed, Price, Quality... Pick 2