Hi guys. Here's what's up. Back in school in the '80s I was falling behind in typing class big time. I played running back in football and from the first game on, my thumbs took some really bad abuse. They were always stubbed and swollen. It hindered my typing and I dropped out. Those were the days of Apple II and computers should have been my first choice for a career. Instead I got in construction and in my early forties, I realize, I can't physically manage it much longer and I want to learn to program instead. I'm hunting and pecking right now. Never learned still.
OK my question for you starts with, can I turn this handicap into an advantage? To write code it isn't like trying to type a report. With the blocks of character strings and oddball partial words, symbols and expressions, it would appear that by now a typing style scaled for coding would have developed. I've read that the qwerty-style keyboard layout was made because in the days of mechanical typewriters, users would overrun the mechanical limits and the designers made it to slow typists down to prevent jamming! Facts like that make me wonder how the pros do it. To force user adaptation to a machine sounds counter-intuitive. Is there a streamlined approach to learn typing style strictly for code? Is one code in particular more user friendly for someone who starts out at a disadvantage? I'm open to recommendations.