Anna Dodson

Software Engineer


Buying a practical and stylish backpack was a lot harder than I thought it would be

 Feb 10, 2019   7 minute read

This is my new lifestyle post! I had a couple of conferences and events in January lined up where I'd be carrying my laptop and other stuff so I needed a backpack to meet all my needs. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be

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 Feb 4, 2019   18 minute read

I attended my first FOSDEM (Free and Open Source Developers Europe Meetup) this year, the event is huge with a massive range of talks running throughout the two days. Here's my account of the weekend.

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Git Reference Guide - Part Two

 Feb 1, 2019   13 minute read

How to get gitting: getting set up with SSH keys, starting a new repo and a basic workflow to add, commit and push changes.

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Git Reference Guide - Part One

 Jan 21, 2019   9 minute read

I :heart: git and use it every(ish) day. In this first part of a three part series, I'm covering what git is, why you should care and the basics of how it works.

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Hacktoberfest Community Website

 Oct 31, 2018   1 minute read

This year I had a go at being a maintainer for Hacktoberfest by creating a website for anyone in the Tech Nottingham community to contribute too and especially looking to help first timers contribute to open source

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Remote Desktop to Windows from Ubuntu

 Oct 21, 2018   2 minute read

Remote Desktop from Ubuntu Using Remmina

I use Windows at work and Ubuntu at home. To work from home I remote desktop onto my work machine using the work VPN. Here are the steps I took to get it set up and working.

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Quick Getting Started MongoDB Commands

 Oct 6, 2018   1 minute read

New to MongoDB

I recently needed to interact with a Mongo Database for the first time and I found myself trying to remember these shell commands quite often so I’ve documented them here for future reference.

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School STEM Careers Talk

 Mar 5, 2018   3 minute read

Nottingham Girls High School Careers Event

I spoke at the NGHS Careers in STEM evening about my role as a Software Engineer and what I actually do every day. I also tried to answer some common stereotypes and myths I often come across. The evening was aimed at encouraging the students into STEM careers by showcasing some of the different careers out there.

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Tech Nottingham Student Event

 Nov 30, 2017   5 minute read

Tech Nottingham student outreach event with Experian

Tech Nottingham ran an evening event at Experian’s offices for students in Nottingham, there were talks by ex-students and local businesses to talk about working life, tech in general, getting a job in tech and why the tech scene in Nottingham is the best! I gave a short talk on my experience of being a student, going into the workplace, going back to uni and now working as a developer in Nottingham. I wanted to convey that job hunting can be tough and share my experiences and the ups and downs I’ve had.

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Hackference 2017

 Oct 26, 2017   8 minute read

Hackference - a Conference and Hack

I attended Hackference, a conference for learning and playing with new fun stuff. It’s based in Birmingham and is a very community focused event, the conference is for learning and then a 24 hour hackathon is run over the weekend to build something with the new things everyone’s learnt and the sponsors APIs.

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Django Girls

 Sep 24, 2017   2 minute read

Djagno, girls, cake and MVC at CodeUps workshop

I started learning programming in Python but I’ve never used Django before so time to learn! Django Girls is a community led effort to help more women into programming by providing a safe space to learn and a supportive community full of inspiring mentors and helpful resources.

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Networking for Muggles

 Sep 18, 2017   1 minute read

How to get a website. Explaining networking to non-technical stakeholders

How to explain web development to non technical work people? There’s many different stakeholders involved in building a website in a web agency, how to explain how it’s built and put together if they have no knowledge of web building?

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A Talk on Ransomware for Linney Labs

 Jul 23, 2017   1 minute read

$300 to Get Your Files Back

I did a talk explaining Ransomware to the rest of the company recently. The talk covered what Ransomware is and why it’s become such a successful malware, looking in particular at the WannaCry outbreak and an overview of public/private key encryption.

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Browser Security

 May 4, 2017   3 minute read

May the Fourth be With You - Talk at Women in Tech Meetup

I regularly attend the Women in Tech Notts meetups, I really enjoy the wide variety of talks and meeting interesting and friendly people - plus free pizza! When Jess (Team organiser) asked me if I wanted to give a talk I was a bit unsure what I could do a talk on but also excited to be a speaker at the meetup.

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 Nov 1, 2016   5 minute read

October is for Beer and Hacktoberfest

Super proud to have taken part in Hacktoberfest this year! It was hard to find stuff to contribute too, loads of projects I wanted to contribute to but not many I felt I could do. Aim for next year, have loads more contributions under my belt!

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Spirit of the Hack

 Oct 29, 2016   3 minute read

Hackference Hackathon

Last weekend I was at Hackference! A weekend hack in Birmingham for students and non students sponsored by Algolia, Microsoft, Pusher, Pebble and loads more.

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TIL - Today I Learned

 Oct 6, 2016   2 minute read

This Week I've Learned.

I’ve been doing a lot of driving recently so I’ve taken the opportunity to listen to some of my favourite tech and programming podcasts.

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Hello World

 Sep 20, 2016   1 minute read

Welcome to my new website!

I’ve just finished doing my Masters in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham. I handed in my summer project last week and I’m now doing freelance web development and looking for a new career opportunity.

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Nerf Gun Wars