The Programmer's Brain

Season 2021, Episode 93
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Some aspects of software engineering are easily overlooked. In the book The Programmer's Brain some of these like reading code, thinking about code and collaborating on code are at the centre. In this episode, we talk to the author of this book to guide us through these aspects. To improve your coding skills it is good to know how your brain works.

What the episode covers

That will enable you to set your brain to work for you. If you spent significantly more time on reading code than on writing code, shouldn't we focus more on learning to read code? These are the topics we explore in this episode.

If you’ve ever wondered what working smarter instead of harder is supposed to look like, you should read this book. I am already seeing improvements in my day-to-day work.

What the programmer's brain covers

  • What every programmer needs to know on how the brain works.
  • What you should know about cognition.
  • A lot of exercises for programmers.
  • How do I improve myself on coding?
  • What is the difference between an expert and an intermediate programmer?
  • And Felienne shares ideas and working formats to improve collaboration on programming.


  • Felienne Hermans - Associate Professor at LIACS - Universiteit Leiden. Keynote speaker, podcast host and book author.

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