Swarm Hotkeys in a Hurry
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As Neal Stephenson wrote, "In the Beginning was the Command Line", and for many of us we are still there. Living in a terminal will quickly make a keyboard bigot of anyone; it is the lightsaber to the blaster that is the mouse. Why reach for that thing a full foot away when a quick key press takes barely a thought? Even when using websites, especially my dearly departed friend Google Reader, I rely on keyboard shortcuts to speed my workflow and save me from a repetitive stress injury.
Which is why the lack of hotkeys in our code collaboration tool, Swarm, makes me so sad. Thankfully one of our UX designers, Allan Yu, also missed having them and wrote an extension to Swarm to add hotkeys during our internal hackathon. The hackathon was his first coding experience and he took one of the top prizes in the event for his work (all the judges were command line users as well.)