Keyboards for Devs, with Animated GIFs of Switch Types
France-based software community website InfoQ have a fun write-up on the various keyboards used by developers and programmers (or power-users too). They write,
As developers, we all have preferences in the tools we use for work: a powerful machine, one (or two) large screens, having the freedom to choose our OS, our IDE, etc….
Yet in most companies, we rarely pay the the same level of attention to keyboards. The one that comes with your computer (PC or Mac, desktop or laptop) is often the default choice and we almost never challenge its quality and usability, even though a keyboard is one of the most basic tools of our job, allowing us to perform most of our everyday tasks.
So why neglect the quality (and the look!) of a tool that we use eight hours a day?
Indeed. I’ve always been a fan of TypeMatrix keyboards myself (in DVORAK), and their post includes visuals of various layouts preferred by devs, along with some cool animated GIFs of the various switches used by keyboard manufacturers:
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