Reading code

MARIT VAN DIJK

Developer Advocate

JetBrains

Software Developer | Java Champion | Developer Advocate at JetBrains | Open Source Enthusiast.

With 20 years of software development experience in different roles and companies, Marit loves building awesome software with amazing people and making developers lives better. She enjoys learning new things as well as sharing knowledge on programming, software development, testing & test automation, and more. She has contributed to open-source projects like Cucumber and several other projects. Marit speaks at international conferences, in webinars, and on podcasts, writes blog posts and tutorials, and contributed to the book “97 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know” (O’Reilly Media).

MARIT VAN DIJK

Developer Advocate

JetBrains

Abstract

As developers, we spend a lot of time learning to write code, while spending little to no time learning to read code. Meanwhile, we often spend more time reading code than actually writing it. Shouldn’t we be spending at least the same amount of time and effort improving this skill? Deliberate practice can help us get better at reading code. Learning how to better read and understand code, can in turn teach us what makes code readable. This might even help us to write code that is easier to read.

In this talk we will discuss the benefits of deliberately practicing reading code in a code reading club or session without an IDE, as well as common strategies to navigate a new codebase and familiarise ourselves with the code using the IDE.

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