Felienne is an associate professor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science at Leiden University, where she 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.
During her PhD she founded a company called Infotron, which sells a tool called PerfectXL based on techniques she developed to spot errors in spreadsheets. Her and her research and her company have gotten some media coverage over the last years.
One of her biggest passions in life is to share her enthusiasm for programming/tech with others. She teaches a bunch of kids programming in a local high-school every Saturday. Furthermore, she is one of the founders of the Joy of Coding conference, a one day developer conference in Rotterdam and one of the hosts of the Software Engineering Radio podcast, one of the biggest software podcasts on the web. She also writes a column for De Ingenieur, the magazine for professional engineers in the Netherlands.
When she is not coding, blogging or teaching, she is probably out running, watching a movie or playing a (board)game.
March 22nd, 2017 | 58 mins 10 secs
We discuss teaching programming as a language, what constitutes “real” programming, and digital literacy with Felienne Hermans.