We programmers tend to think of ourselves as concrete, logical thinkers. We work from step 1 to step 2 through to step N. So we say. But real life is not like that: One minute you have no idea how the new design will come together and the next, well, there it is. One minute you haven’t a clue as to why the program is doing that and the next it is all just obvious. And we have all seen code that is wonderful — or horrible — in some indescribable way.
In this talk Russ Olsen will explore the role of insight and intuition in programming: How does intuition work? How do you generate more of those insightful AHA moments? And when should you ignore that voice whispering into your inner ear?