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Jul
12
comment FizzBuzz - really?
I've also seen something like that happen when some government benefits program/unemployment insurance requires that the person receiving the benefit apply to a certain number of jobs per week. Even when those programs have some sort of nominal requirement that the recipient apply to jobs they're actually qualified for, the resources for assessing what jobs they're qualified for and enforcing that particular piece of the "apply for jobs" requirement are very limited.
Mar
25
comment What's the “normal” range for typing speed for developers?
If you can't type rapidly, typing becomes significantly more than 1% of the work. (and I don't think it's that little to begin with) I'd love to be able to reduce the amount of time it takes to type stuff - I can't keep up with my coworkers in IM or IRC, and I hate having to pause between sentences when typing an email to regain my train of thought. Unfortunately, I think some of us may just be physically incapable of getting too far beyond the 30s wpm.
Mar
25
comment What's the “normal” range for typing speed for developers?
"Anything less than 40 and you are definitely a hunt-and-peck typer" - I don't understand this. Specifically, I don't understand how I can both be a hunt-and-peck typist by speed, and yet type with all ten fingers without looking at the keyboard. (my desk is arranged so that it and my hands are hidden) I have heard this many places, though: that it is impossible for someone to be able to type without looking at the keyboard and yet be unable to consistently break (40, 50, 60 - places vary on the boundary) wpm. I've been stuck at the high-30s to low-40s for over a year. Maybe I don't exist?
Jun
19
comment How important is the ability to touch-type?
"Learn to type, it's easy" - bullshit. It may be easy to learn before about 25, and it may be easy to learn if you haven't already been using a keyboard without learning the proper form for many years, but I can testify that it sure isn't easy otherwise. Trying to move my typing speed beyond the 30wpm I've been stuck at for years is one of the hardest things I've tried to learn since leaving grad. school. It may still be possible; the jury's still out on that and I'm still trying, but "easy" does not describe this process.
May
2
answered Interesting variations of FizzBuzz?
May
2
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