The poetry of programming

Take on Linda Liukas’ TEDxCERN talk

Lazim Mohammed
2 min readMay 6, 2017


Linda Liukas is a Finnish computer programmer, children’s writer, programming instructor and illustrator.

She believes the Code is the next universal language. Everyone should be engaged in this revolution to make world a better place.

Code is the next universal language

She aims in engaging the next bigger generation to learn how computer programs work and not to see them as magic. She wants kids not to see computers as boring mechanical, complicated machine but as colorful, expressive machines meant to be tinkered with.

She has written a book named Hello Ruby which helps children to learn coding in a very different way. In 2014, this coding book raised $380,000 on Kickstarter becoming the platform’s most highly funded children’s book.

Hello Ruby is the world’s most whimsical way to learn about computers, technology and programming. The story started with a book, and now Ruby continues her adventures in exercises, games and apps. It’s suited for kids age 5 years and older (but even adults might learn something new). — From

She also founded Rail Girls, which aims to give tools and a community for women to understand technology and to build their ideas.

Ruby is a little six year old girl in her book, who the author says helps her in learning programming concepts.

Whenever I ran into a problem that I didn’t understand, I’d think ‘how would Ruby explain this?’

Watch the passionate talk of Linda

Both Hello Ruby and Rail Girls are projects that help Linda in making her dream come true — making technology more accessible to children and women.