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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 […]

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.

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Me, Myself and Imposter Syndrome

It’s never a good time ahead when Little Miss Imposter Syndrome pays a visit. But I’ve sent her packing back to where she came from.

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How I landed my first tech job at age 48

So I landed my first tech job. I won’t lie, it wasn’t easy, and I almost gave up. But I’m glad I didn’t and this is a list of 7 tips on what worked to get me through.