Felienne Hermans

Programming is easy

Felienne is associate professor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science at Leiden University, where she heads a research group on programming education. What cognitive skills are needed for programming? What misconceptions can occur when children are learning to program? These are some of the questions that intrigue Felienne.

She is also one of the founders of the Joy of Coding conference and is a host at SE radio, one of the most popular software engineering podcasts on the web.

If she is not coding, blogging or teaching, she is probably dancing Lindy Hop, running or playing a (board)game.

Felienne blogs at felienne.com

Often when we talk about libraries, frameworks and modules, we talk about their technical aspects, like the language they are created in. However, programming languages and code bases can also be viewed through a cognitive lens. In this talk, Felienne Hermans, author of the Programmer's Brain, will discuss how your brain sees code, and what the impact of that is for reading code and for learning new languages.  

Examining code from a cognitive perspective, rather than a technical perspective, can help you gain a better perspective on how people interact with code and how you learn.