SheCodes, she blogs...

A 'return to work' and 'informally trained' Woman in Tech.

An open and honest account of progressing from a self-taught solo coder to an agile software developer. All content and views expressed in this blog are my own.

Emerging from the startup Trough of Sorrow

This time last year I announced to the world how I was really pleased to kiss goodbye to 2017. 12 months on to the day I’m making the same announcement. Not because 2018 was bad. As it turns out, it was quite the opposite.

Testing, Testing TDD

Test Driven Development (TDD) has always been an enigma to me. I knew it was important, everyone who is anyone says so. For those of you who don’t know, TDD is an approach to software development, where a test is written before any code. Uncle Bob defines it with three rules: You are not allowed […]

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The Entrepreneur ‘Crazy’

I’m in the middle of wallpapering my garden office. I’ve been ‘wallpapering’ since the end of August. “Big deal” I hear you say, “what makes that a blogpost?” It’s a blogpost because this is no ordinary wall. And this is no ordinary wallpaper. Let me explain.

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The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs 2018

My biggest prize claim to date was a set of tea plates in a harvest festival village raffle, ooh over twenty years ago. Imagine my shock when Direct Line Business Insurance contacted me to say that I’d won their twitter competition bagging a prize for travel, accommodation and two tickets to the Festival of Female […]

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An Unconventional Path into Tech

I took part in a panel discussion this week, organised by the HSBC Digital team at CodeNode London, exploring the issues around diversity in tech. I’ve only sat on a few of these events and always come away wishing I’d said more. So here are my afterthoughts…

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From Night Owl to Lark

It’s Ada Lovelace Day. A time to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM. I’ve spent my morning commute into London pondering on this. As a mother, a wife, a returner holding down a full time position and a tech startup founder, being a women in STEM is damn hard. But I love it.

Network, I need your help!

I need your help to find inspirational women who would be happy to be featured, who’ve made the transition into the tech industry in their mid 40s – 50s and are now coding for their day job.

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper presenting From Pantomime Donkey to Unicorn Designer Tech Talk at FullStackCon 2018, London

Tinker, Tailor, Conference Speaker

I’ve broken my fear of being a first time conference speaker delivering a tech talk at FullStack London. Although I didn’t want to do this, I knew that at some point I would have to. Back when I was tinkering with code, learning from home, I wanted to find role models of people doing the same. Did older women successfully retrain and move across into tech?

Documenting your code – a luxury or a necessity?

Documenting your code is a marmite topic, a quick google search spews forth articles either dead against the idea or all for it, there’s no room for sitting on the fence.

Why Taking a Day Job Doesn’t Mean I’ve Failed as a Startup Founder

I’m a co-founder of an early stage startup. But I’ve made the decision to get myself a full time job. Am I mad? No. Have I failed? Emphatically not. So what’s the deal?