In all programming software and IDEs there’s almost always a save button up there in the toolbar. To me, this has never made sense.
Sure, me myself, I’m almost obsessed with learning and using keyboard shortcuts, since it adds speed and efficiency, as well as being more ergonomic, to using a computer. Therefore, sitting there coding away, pausing to move the hand to your mouse, move it up to the save icon in the toolbar, and click, seems like such a waste of time as well as mouse usage for me.
Practically every program offers a keyboard shortcut for this, usually Ctrl + s in Windows and Linux, and Cmd + s in Mac OS X, and it seems so much simpler. However, having seen a lot of other people coding and code demos in presentations it seems like a lot people indeed do use it. Why, I ask you, why?
I mean, there’s one group I can understand using it, for lack of not knowing (or wanting to know) about the keyboard shortcut option. These are the people, usually aged 60 or more, working in large companies in dull corridors that never seem to end, crawling towards the nearest electric socket to put a fork into it so they won’t have to go back to work again…
Anyway, I digress. It is beyond me why fast-typing developers should have any use of it. I’m not trying to push my belief on them, but I just think that they can save the mouse for a lot of other better things. Please consider the keyboard for saving, ok?