Laura Savino

iOS developer & trainer and language enthusiast. I'm an iOS developer with a penchant for languages, travel, and education. I've worked on all sorts of client apps through mobile agencies, and most recently built apps to transform students' learning at Khan Academy. I now independently code, speak, and teach in Seattle

NewCrafts 2017


Reading in a New Language

  • talk
  • Craftsmanship
  • Code
  • Practices

You've written in many languages since your first "hello world"–but how did you become fluent? And now that you're more senior, how well do your teammates understand the code you write? We'll draw parallels between human languages & code–and show how willpower & empathy can improve fluency in both.

We'll dive into the skills & contexts that are needed for learning new languages & ideas, and investigate how to apply those to code we write. We'll map the course from an excited beginner to a sometimes world-weary expert; we'll discuss how to respond when a team member says they don't understand our code; we'll talk about the role that working memory & energy play in comprehension; and we'll have a grand time exploring idiosyncrasies from human languages around the globe.

Reasonable people disagree (sometimes passionately!) about what readable code means–in this session, we'll define readability, then dig into why it matters, how to achieve it, and when it's worth the effort.