Adventures in Dvorak, two months later
Two months ago, I switched keyboard layouts. I am now thinking in Dvorak!
I’m now two months into the great Dvorak switchover. So far so good! I can no longer type on a QWERTY keyboard unless I look at the keys. The context switch seems to be strong enough that typing on the iPhone makes my brain auto-switch to QWERTY, although I find myself mistyping there sometimes.
The stuff I thought would be the worst – shortcut keys and vi keys – ended up being not such a big deal. I thought muscle memory would be much stronger, but it turns out I rememember keyboard commands by the letter or character and not the physical position.
My new favorite typing practice site is typing.io. I used the classic GNU Typist at first, but typing.io is programmer-specific and I get to read an interesting selection of code as I go! Most importantly, the exercises there include all those curly braces and semicolons that programmers type a lot.
I’m still thinking about buying an Ultimate Keyboard:
In the meantime, I did get a Dvorak Keyboard Cover. One flaw is it omits the all-important square brackets but as an Objective-C developer, I learned where those are right on day one!