The case for learning real programming skills

A2 | Tue 22 Jan | 1:30 p.m.–1:50 p.m.

Presented by

  • Arjen Lentz

    Arjen has a C programming background from way back, since broadening to tech writing and training at MySQL, and running Open Query Pty Ltd. In programming space he has particular experience with low level communications and protocols. He has launched various initiatives including, and was a founding director of Open Source Industry Australia, Inc. In recent years Arjen has taken time to go back to his life-long passion for education, and improving students' school experience. Sometimes he dabbles in programming again.


HTML is not a programming language. Being sandboxed in an app on a tablet is not programming. If we can agree that these things are not good, we need to look at why these things are happening. Of course the issue is not about programming as such, it's really all about thinking, patterns, and problem solving! And not getting that right is obviously very detrimental to our children's and country's future. We must do better. What have other countries been doing? There are some surprising insights there.