Over the course of the next few months there are a number of things that I want to learn or become much better at:
- touch typing
- using my text editor in a more productive way
I have to admit it: I am one of those wannabe programmers who don’t even know how to touch type. I spend my computer days staring at my keyboard and moving two or on a good day three fingers all over it. I recently read the excellent blog post: Programming’s Dirtiest Little Secret by Steve Yegge and it really hit home, so I installed Type Fu and I started doing exercises. After I start feeling confident about my typing skills, I may take a look at http://typing.io/, which was developed with programmers and programming languages in mind. I am a little dispraxic so this might take a while.
If you read enough programming blogs, text editor productivity seems to be the holy grail of programming efficiency. Holy wars have been fought over which editor is best vi(m), emacs or something else.. My choice is (or will be) Sublime Text. It seems to be a very popular choice among programmers and it is fully cross-platform, without the very steep learning curve of vi.
A lot of extra stuff on my plate, I’ll keep you posted on my progress and the interesting tidbits that I may run into. Signing off now, there is real work to do!