INNER THOUGHTS OF A CHAOTIC DEV

A space to showcase my career as a Software Engineer so far through blog posts and other cool bits 🤠

 
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HEY, I'M LORNA 😊

Passionate, easy-going and bubbly software engineer with 7+ years in the industry across healthcare, digital agency, payroll and edu tech. A keen learner who spends a lot of spare time working on side projects to improve existing skills and gain more. Passionate about investing in self-development, enjoy writing documentation and data analysis - spreadsheets and so on.


Interests: all-things dev, mentorship, data, spreadsheets, jokes (dad and anti), horror crime thriller tv shows/movies, self-investment, mechanical keyboards, succulents.

 

EDUCATION

BSC (HONS) COMPUTING (2:2)

University of Huddersfield

2011 - 2015

4 year course including a 12 month placement as a Software Developer based in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT (DMM)

Leeds City College Tech Campus

2009 - 2011

Achieved Distinction Merit Merit (DMM).

9 GCSES

Allerton High School

2004 - 2009

Achieved 9 GCSEs including Maths and English.

 

SPEAKING EVENTS

DevHub North

24 Feb 22

A talk about improving personal and professional development, as well as DORA metrics. 600+ were registered and 62 attended.

WOMEN IN ENGINEERING PANEL

A Million Ads

24 Aug 21

Event was partnered with Founders and Coders.

BOOTCAMPERS

Code Nation

5 May 21

Spoke about my career journey with 25 inspiring developers at bootcamp.

YEAR 10 INSPIRATION DAY

Spoke about my career journey with 200 year 10 high school students for a role model event.

 

VOLUNTEERING

FELLOWSHIP

Code First Girls

Apr 21 - Jun 21

Taught a "Data and SQL" course to 35 girls for 2 months, whilst doing so participated in a group research project where I was also Project Manager.

FULL STACK DEV

Clothing Loop

Sep 21 - Sep 21

💻 React / Typescript / Firebase
Volunteered through Social Coder as a Full Stack Dev to help build a web app used for organising pre-loved clothes within local communities.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Smoothwall

Oct 21 - Current

💻 Angular 11, Azure, .NET Core 3.1, .NET 6, React

Smoothwall is the leading digital safeguarding solutions provider in UK education. 

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

IRIS

Sep 20 - Oct 21

💻 C#, ASP, MVP, SQL, Teamcity, Bitbucket, Octopus Deploy

IRIS is one of the biggest private software company in the UK providing solutions and services for accountancy, payroll, HR and education.

.NET DEV

Epiphany

Mar 20 - Sep 20

💻 .NET, C#, Umbraco

Epiphany is a search marketing digital agency owned by Jaywing who are a consulting business located across the UK and Australia.

SOFTWARE DEV

SRCL

Mar 19 - Mar 20

💻 .NET, C#, SQL, Umbraco, Less CSS, Bootstrap, JS, jQuery, TFS, Azure DevOps

See previous role detail.

JNR SOFTWARE DEV

SRCL

Jan 17 - Feb 19

💻 .NET, C#, SQL, Umbraco, Less CSS, Bootstrap, JS, jQuery, TFS

SRCL is part of Stericycle which provides healthcare services to customers worldwide mainly in pharmaceutical waste.

SOFTWARE DEV

ATD Solutions

Jul 15 - Dec 16

💻 .NET, C#, WebForms

ATD Solutions is an IT consultancy services company specialising in the design and delivery of projects within the commercial, finance and insurance industries.

SOFTWARE DEV

Caldervale Technology

Jul 13 - Jul 14

💻 .NET, C#, WinForms

Caldervale Technology manufactures a range of tooling and equipment for installing plastic pipe systems.

 

CERTIFICATIONS

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DP-900 AZURE DATA FUNDAMENTALS

May 2022

Microsoft

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MTA 98-361 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT FUNDAMENTALS

Apr 16 - Expires Jun 22

Microsoft

 

SIDE PROJECTS

PLANNING POKER

2022

TBC

TEST RESULTS PARSER

2021

​💻 MVC, .NET Core 3.1, JSON, XML, API

Internal tool created to help QA in parsing NUnit test results into an Excel file. What took days now takes seconds.

DEVOPS ANALYSIS TOOL

2021

💻 Angular 11, Node.js, JSON, API, Swagger

Stats and metric (i.e. DORA) focused internal tool that streamlines existing processes by simplifying common DevOp data.

PORTFOLIO APIS

2020

💻 Node.js, Heroku, API

Backend project used for V1 Portfolio site. Purpose to send contact emails, get list of GitHub repos, and to get list of blog posts.

 

BLOG

In my own way, blogging as a developer is a way of expressing myself on the web whether it be because of finding something interesting, solving a problem or in general just having that space to write my thoughts down. It's also pretty useful for when inevitably I forget bits I do on a reg like setting up services and new project packages to install. It gives me space to free my mind and be creative, accountability in a way and may be even by helping a reader with a problem I solved - even better.

 
 

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