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I have been programming for about 10 years now, but I never learned to touch type by the traditional method (with index fingers on 'f' and 'j').

I now 'touch type' in the sense that I rarely look at the keyboard, however I used mostly my index fingers.

I am wondering if anyone else has been in the same position and has decided to learn to touch type properly and how much effort they had to put in to break their old habits?

Also I can imagine that learning to type words probably comes quite quickly but all of the punctuation in programming might take a lot more practice?

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Yes, yes, a thousand times yes, it's worth it, though it may take weeks of practice for you to start noticing the benefit, especially as you'll need to unlearn years of muscle memory. – Joel Coehoorn Jul 16 '12 at 16:57
I recommend a typing game to make the experience fun instead of work. TyperShark and Typing of the Dead are particularly good ones. – Synetech Jul 16 '12 at 17:05
What is the definitive and correct answer to this question? And remember, if you say that there isn't one, you are admitting that you probably didn't read the FAQ, and you didn't know the question isn't appropriate for SU. – Bon Gart Jul 16 '12 at 17:08
I guess this would rather be a question for Super User Chat to poll for opinions and such. – slhck Jul 16 '12 at 17:15
@BonGart thanks for your non-constructive comment - it's nice that you have the time to make pointless comments on SU, I certainly don't have time for such things! – rgvcorley Jul 16 '12 at 17:18
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I have to say that the best thing I ever learn't was touch typing. My WPM went up, My wrist strain was reduced and accuracy is also increased. It depends how stuck in your ways your are, 10 years... Its not going to be easy.

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Touch typing not only increases your typing speed, it decreases the time you have to think about typing. You say you "rarely" look at the keyboard, but those times you are still somewhat distracted from your train of thought.

While typing this, I don't need to look at the keys, and never thought about how to place my fingers or anything. In fact while typing (without 'breaking stride') I looked up at the wording you used in your post (about "rarely" looking at the keyboard).

So my answer would be yes, it is definitely worth it.

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