WPK-5501 PsyPhilProg | Devoxx



method Methodology & Culture

Room 1

Friday from 15:50 til 16:50

Philosophy: ancient Greek for "love of wisdom", philosophy is the study of the general and fundamental nature of reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind and language.

Psychology: the science of the brain, emotions, and behavior.

Programming: ancient English for "please God let it compile this time".

Three distinctly different subjects, yet each deals with fundamentally the same thing: the mind, how we (or others with whom we interact) think, act, behave, and engage. Most of the time, programmers (and philosophers and psychologists) don't really think of these three things as being similar or alike, but given that all three work closely with the mind, mental models, and the ways in which we perceive and process information, it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that there's a surprising amount of overlap.

But, surprisingly, it does come as a surprise to most developers. And in this presentation, we're going to uncover some of those surprises, learn a little about psychology, play amateur philosopher, contemplate the nature of mind and logic and the universe...

... and become better developers as a result.

Ted Neward Ted Neward

Ted is a big geek currently working as the Director of Developer Relations for Smartsheet.com. When he's not speaking on software, writing on software, teaching on software or mentoring others on software... well, that actually leaves almost no time left. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, two adult sons, cat, five desktops, eight laptops, twelve phones, six tablets, and a really large utility bill.