Felienne Hermans & Alex Bolboaca: Science, Software Development, Programmer’s Brain

We often observe that the scientific studies of software development don’t match the knowledge and understanding that’s pervasive in the industry. Is this because the scientific studies are flawed? Or because we don’t understand the goal of science? Or is it because we believe in pervasive myths about software development?

Watch this conversation between Felienne Hermans and Alex Bolboaca to get more answers on how science works, on pervasive myths of software development that need to be challenged, and on how we can better learn and approach software development based on neuroscience. Finally, learn where you can learn more about the scientific papers, and the science behind the programmer’s brain.

Felienne Hermans is an associate professor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science at Leiden University, where she heads the PERL group that researches programming education. She is fascinated by the question “how we can teach all people to program?”. In her PhD dissertation she studied how we can help people working with spreadsheets better, by repurposing methods from software engineering. She is also the founder of Infotron, one of the founders of the Joy of Coding conference, and one of the hosts of the Software Engineering Radio podcast, and she writes a column for De Ingenieur. Recently she has authored a Manning book called “The Programmer’s Brain”, available here: https://www.manning.com/books/the-programmers-brain. You can find Felienne on her website https://www.felienne.com/ and on twitter @Felienne.

Alex Bolboaca is a programmer, CTO, author, trainer and coach at Mozaic Works.

Mozaic Works provides high quality, customized training, coaching, and advice for companies who want to improve their effectiveness in the market, mainly through the use of modern leadership and technical practices. Check out our offer and ask us questions at https://mozaicworks.com.

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