Oh you gotta love those absolutely non provocative titles.
I only use AZERTY keyboards. I’m useless with a QWERTY (or worse, the swiss QWERTZ). Each time people tried to use my PC in the office, they sat down, typed for 10 seconds, stopped, looked confused, looked down at the keyboard… and asked me why the hell I wasn’t using a “normal” keyboard.
So, for the records: the AZERTY keyboard (or at least the AZERTY layout, I guess none of you still looks at the keyboard while typing, right?) is more efficient for coding, because it gives you the best of both worlds:
- if you want to type a number, you can use the numeric keypad on the right. Sorry guys, I know a lot of you hate it and just never use it, but hey, I grew up with this thing typing hexadecimal numbers from source code published in magazines. Trust me: for entering a lot of numbers at the same time, nothing beats the keypad.
- if you want to type a bunch of symbols widely used while programming, like:
& ” ‘ ( ) - _ = ! :
…well they are all available without pressing SHIFT. All of them. Compare this to the QWERTY layout which “wastes” keys by having “redundant” direct entries for all the numbers. Forcing you to press SHIFT much more often than AZERTY users.
So, AZERTY, less SHIFT pressing, better.
What do you mean you’re not convinced ?!