Gemma Hentsch

Gemma Hentsch

Freelance Developer/Data Nerd
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Developer, Data Nerd, Technical Architect, wannabe mad scientist…

I’ve been messing around with computers since I was about half my current height. While I’ve been programming professionally for more than a decade, I still do have occasional flares of imposter syndrome. They are now more the exception, rather than the rule.

The last couple of years involved being a lead developer and technical architect for a FinTech startup. Currently I’m working on a project to bring continuous integration workflows to a hardware/software science sensor firm.

I’m a bit of a python evangelist, although not a python purist. There’s generally the right tool for the job, and quite often the right tool is python, but I’ve worked with Java, Ruby, Javascript, and even PHP (under protest).

Programming to me, is one of the most liberating, and empowering skillsets available. But I don’t want to be the only woman in a team of developers any more. I want to help more women and non-binary people become developers, not just for me, but because programming, opens up so many doors and opportunities, not to mention, it’s fun.

I hope that by talking about the thinking patterns of a programmer, rather than focusing on code, I can show it’s more about logical thinking than an arcane magic which only a few can master.

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