Felienne Hermans

Felienne Hermans
The knitty professor

Biography

Felienne is assistant professor at Delft University of Technology, where she makes programming for non-programmers more awesome. She built an IDE for spreadsheets in the form of smell detection, refactoring and unit testing tools for Excel, and she has researched code smells and clone detection in the Scratch programming language for kids.
On Saturdays' she volunteers at a local community center to teach children programming with Scratch, HTML and JavaScript, and she is one of the founders of Joy of Coding, a one day developer conference in Rotterdam that celebrates the love for programming.
Code as a first language
(Talk, Beginner)
We know a lot about how kids learn their first language, by repeating sounds, and adding abstractions later. Can we view learning code through the same lens? How would it look like it we view code as a natural language? Can we apply educational models of learning? Can a piece of source code be seen as text?

In this talk, Felienne will take you through her research on how to teach programming to children, as well as her quest to make programming more accessible for everyone.

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