Did you really just make that stupid of a statement? When is it EVER a waste of time to know how to type properly?
All of the typing classes I ever took where filled with extremely repetitive and meaningless exercises that never did anything for me. I can type at a good 70 words per minute, programming doesn't require speeds nearly that fast, and typing papers aren't tedious. For me, It's a waste of time.
I agree with both of you. Fast typing is a must, but not for programming. You have to think more than you have to type in most cases when you program.
My two cents... simplifying all programming down to two classes of problems...
1) If the problem is trivial, a talented programmer will just type it up.
2) If the problem is complex, hopefully, you will have already thought about the problem, drawn little diagrams, written some pseudo-code and will simply implement it.
Again, being able to touch type allows you to get the idea out of your head, off of a paper, whatever with the fewest interuptions to your concentration.
For those too thick to grasp Gadget's point here, I'll lay it out even more clearly:
1) The programmer just types.
2) The programmer thinks, designs, takes notes .. then just types.
Either way, I spend 90% of my day at a keyboard. Typing properly is extremely important .. not only for efficient work habits, but to avoid workplace injuries ... how many of us have had RSI or carpal tunnel problems? Proper typing helps reduce the impact our profession has on our bodies.