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11/04/2019

Developer Diary: Umbraco Festival Deutschland 2019

Well, it's been a while since I blogged! What better excuse to start back than a conference trip!
07/01/2019

Umbraco APIs with Swagger

Usually, my Umbraco projects involve extending Umbraco to contain custom APIs. As with any API we write, developers want to document it, for other devs, or maybe just ourselves!
03/11/2018

SWiT Awards 2018

On 24th October this wee developer stepped out of her converse and in to some heels and to attend the Scotland Women in Tech awards. A chance to wear a nice dress and meet other women in tech? I’m in!
20/10/2018 umbraco codecabin

Developer Diary: CodeCabin 2018

3 nights, 23 techies, lots of food and an amazing view... what else could you want from an (un)conference?! In October 2018, I packed my bag and headed over the border to the north of England. I was off to CodeCabin 2018, hosted in Grindleford in the peak district to join a group of fellow Umbraco developers for a weekend of learning and coding.
15/10/2018 umbraco alexa headless

Umbraco Headless Alexa Skill

If we are already friends, you will now I like to make API driven (headless) systems! Particularly connecting different systems, for example CMS content beyond just the website. Therefore when Umbraco announced their Headless service, I was intrigued to what could be done with it.
15/10/2018 podcasts recommendations

Developer Podcasts

A few months ago, I asked for some podcast recommendations. Much to my surprise, I received so many recommendations! I have managed to listen to many of these since then, so thought I would share some of my favourites for developers.
12/10/2018 developerDiary meetups speaking

Developer Diary: Ada Lovelace Day 2018

Ada Lovelace Day is a day of celebration of women in STEM, their contributions and encouraging young women to join us in STEM jobs.
23/07/2018 developerBookClub books

Developer Book Club : A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug

Next up on the developer book club is: A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug by Sarah Lacy. Or to give it's full name "A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman's Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchy".
31/05/2018

Developer Diary: CodeGarden 2018

It’s that time of year again, when I try and describe the indescribable that is Umbraco’s developer conference, Codegarden. Every CG experience has been different for me: 2016 I was totally new and didn’t know anyone at all. 2017 I was giving a talk and was awarded MVP (still trying to believe it) and then now at CG18 I was lucky enough to be in Odense a few days early for the codegarden retreat. Here's a wee overview of another awesome CodeGarden.
28/05/2018 umbraco codegarden cg18

CodeGarden Retreat 2018

About this time of year for the last few years I write a blog post about going to Umbraco Codegarden. But this year it’s a bit different… I arrived in Odense a few days earlier as I was invited to the pre conference retreat.
02/05/2018 developerDiary conference speaking umbraco

Developer Diary: Umbraco Festival Deutschland 2018

A 5am alarm is never fun, but as much as I was tired I was excited to be travelling to Frankfurt. I was on my way to Umbraco Festival Deutschland (UFD18) where I was attending the conference aswell as giving a talk. I travelled with my husband as we were extending the trip and using it is a chance to visit Germany for the first time!
25/03/2018 developerBookClub books

Developer Book Club: Rework

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson is next up on my reading list. Recommended by another dev, it’s a collection of short one or two page chapters explaining a piece of advice. The main theme is changing the way you work with advice from the authors, the founders of basecamp.
18/03/2018 meetups speaking empathy

Empathy in Tech

Recently I have been getting more interested in the people side of work, how we work together to get the best results. Getting this right is way harder than the coding side, right?!
11/02/2018 ddd dddScotland conference techCommunity scottishDevelopers

Developer Diary: DDD Scotland

I have written a few of these “developer diary” blogs when I go to conferences or meetups, but this one is a bit different as I was on the other side as I was on the organising team do the event: DDD Scotland.
31/01/2018 developerBookClub techLead leadership books

Developer Book club: Talking with Tech Leads

Talking with Tech Leads by Patrick Kua is next up on my developer book club list. It is a series of interviews with tech leads at varying experience levels.
28/01/2018 ladiesofcode meetups

Ladies of Code Glasgow: Lean Coffee

On Tuesday 23rd January we had our first Ladies of Code Glasgow meetup of the year. This month session was something we hadn’t done before: Lean Coffee. I have attended other local meetups in this format and I think it’s a great way to let everyone have their voice heard… and as a meetup organiser it takes the pressure off finding a speaker!
28/01/2018 developerBookClub books

Developer Book club: The Introvert Advantage

Next up in “developer book club” theme is The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney. Not necessary something that will be relevant for all developers but it has helped me understand myself both personally and professionally so thought I would include it.
21/12/2017 developerBookClub books

Developer book club: Reset by Ellen Pao

You may have heard of Ellen Pao, at least as “that women who sued the VC company” or “The CEO that censored reddit”. I had heard of these stories and followed her on Twitter before I got the book. Listening to all these things that happened, you wouldn’t actually believe it all happened to one person.
20/12/2017 developerBookClub books leanIn

Developer Book club: Lean In

As mentioned in my recent blog post, I have decided to: #1: read more #2: blog about it! So here we go with the first book: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.
08/12/2017 ladiesofcode christmas meetups

Ladies of Code Glasgow: Christmas Hacks

On Thursday 7th December, Ladies of Code Glasgow celebrated Christmas with our tradition (2 years makes a tradition, right?) of mulled wine and coding.
02/12/2017 developerBookClub books

Developer Bookclub: Hello World

A few weeks ago I mentioned on Twitter I am making an effort to read more and I was looking for some techy book recommendations. I am not great at reading fiction books unless on holiday when I can totally switch off and enjoy a good thriller or murder mystery, finishing the book in a few days. In “real life”, I only manage to get a wee bits of time here and there to read and this doesn’t really work with fiction.
07/11/2017 umbraco umbracoukfest conference

Developer Diary: Umbraco UK Fest 2017

On November 2nd I packed my overnight bag (my favourite flowery Cath Kidtson, of course) and headed to London for the UK Umbraco festival. Here is a wee recap of a very busy couple of days.
16/09/2017 conference codecraft

Developer Diary: CodeCraftConf 2017

Recently I have been attending Code Craft, a local meetup in Glasgow where people talk about… well, code craftmanship, of course!
02/08/2017 lifx api smarthome

Getting Started with LIFX API

I thought I would explain how I created a wee sample app to learn the restrictions of the API and have a play with the LIFX bulb.
30/07/2017 weAreTheCity womenintech

We Are The City Rising Star Event

I mentioned back in May that I had been nominated for the We Are The City rising star award. Well… I won! There are 100 rising stars over 20 categories, mainly industries that are male dominated, including tech.
18/06/2017 umbraco alexa iot headless

Controlling Content for Alexa Skill Cards using Umbraco

On Saturday 8th July, myself and fellow Umbricians interested in IOT decided to spend our Saturday together learning Alexa skill development.
18/06/2017 umbraco alexa headless webapi

Amazon Alexa Skill with Umbraco CMS

At Umbraco Codegarden I gave a talk “Controlling content for the connected world” and ran an open circle session on IOT. The feedback from this has been great and people seem interested in getting started with IOT projects, and integrating with their existing Umbraco CMS knowledge.
17/06/2017 umbraco mvp umbracomvp codegarden cg17

Umbraco MVP 2017

I can’t really believe I am writing this, but I am one of Umbraco’s MVPs 2017!
13/06/2017 developerDiary codegarden cg17 speaking

Diary of an anxious developer: My first conference talk

Back in November I wrote a blog post Diary of an anxious developer about my struggles with confidence and anxiety as a developer. In this post I discussed how I managed to do my first attempt at public speaking and also contributed my first pull request to an open source project.
29/05/2017 womenintech weAreTheCity

We Are The City: Rising Star Shortlist

Exciting news! I have been nominated for a rising star award by We Are The City :) The awards are focused at building and supporting the female pipeline in industry, which is something I am always up for promoting. Anyone who knows me knows how important improving the numbers of women in my industry is to me, so anything I can do to be a part of this makes me super happy!
18/02/2018

Apps for Good Scotland

On 15th March I headed through to Edinburgh to attend the Apps for Good event. Apps for Good is a global organisation that encourages young people to learn technology skills to bring good to the world. This was exciting as it was the first Scottish event!