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Charlotte Godley

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Software engineer specialising in distributed systems orchestration

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New years day project - Travel mapping (again)

Around about summer of 2017 I tried to get going on making my side project, a travel planning app, slightly more professional. I learned how to use now.sh which is a great service for doing this sort of thing and started to try shifting from a database sqlite file I would change, upload and download from now to a managed or else better deployed service. I got close and gave up - notably, I ripped… Read more →


Go, revisited?

I’ve had a few people ask if I was ever going to add to my last blog post about my feelings on Go. It may have moved about 20%, mostly because I recently went back to Python briefly. It feels safe It’s been a few years since I’ve written in a compiled “modern” language. Going back to python after a few months made me notice all the benefits you get of that - mostly, things like variable name chang… Read more →


Go, month 1

Around 3 weeks ago I switched job, and am now wading my way through learning a new codebase, zfs and other storage systems, data science and as this blog post’s title would suggest, Go. Being as I’ve always said “the right tool for the job” over language superiority, I was glad of the challenge and looking forward to learning Go, so here is my personal, and very brief rundown of Go, having come fr… Read more →


Tech Days Online

I was invited to speak about Container Orchestration at Microsoft Tech Days Online today. It was a lot of fun, there were some interesting points made and a good day overall. Thanks a lot to Gabriel for organising and for all the Microsoft cohort at the reactor for being so lovely all day :) (Note that the youtube link above has very choppy sound due to it being from Youtube Live, I think that’ll… Read more →


Laughing at failure

About 6 months ago I was working on a feature of our pipeline - deleting old resources. Just before I started the ticket, my colleague and I were discussing adding testing to our bash scripts, something that seemed daunting and painful to both of us. We pushed it under the rug and said “nah, let’s just try it and then see what happens”. About 3 or so days later when the change had been reviewed, m… Read more →


Laughing at failure

About 6 months ago I was working on a feature of our pipeline - deleting old resources. Just before I started the ticket, my colleague and I were discussing adding testing to our bash scripts, something that seemed daunting and painful to both of us. We pushed it under the rug and said “nah, let’s just try it and then see what happens”. About 3 or so days later when the change had been reviewed, m… Read more →


Piwars: retrospective

A few weeks back Amy and I competed in PiWars. I’m actually pretty proud we did it, and Amy’s decoration got a lot of compliments and mentions during the day (I basically just said “cut a board, do some stuff around the forest fighters theme” which was the title she’d picked). I had a definite #ProudMentor moment when a dad and his daughter of a similar age to Amy came by to “ask the experts” abou… Read more →


Piwars: retrospective

A few weeks back Amy and I competed in PiWars. I’m actually pretty proud we did it, and Amy’s decoration got a lot of compliments and mentions during the day (I basically just said “cut a board, do some stuff around the forest fighters theme” which was the title she’d picked). I had a definite #ProudMentor moment when a dad and his daughter of a similar age to Amy came by to “ask the experts” abou… Read more →


PiWars, A Mentor's Prologue

Around March of this year I volunteered at my first PiWars. This is a competition ran every year in Cambridge by the ever fantastic Mike Horne (@recantha) and Tim Richardson(@geeky_tim). For anyone who doesn’t want to build a robot or feel as if they have enough time, but wants to be more involved than spectating, I really recommend volunteering. It’s a great way to contribute to Mike and Tim’s ef… Read more →


PiWars, A Mentor's Prologue

Around March of this year I volunteered at my first PiWars. This is a competition ran every year in Cambridge by the ever fantastic Mike Horne (@recantha) and Tim Richardson(@geeky_tim). For anyone who doesn’t want to build a robot or feel as if they have enough time, but wants to be more involved than spectating, I really recommend volunteering. It’s a great way to contribute to Mike and Tim’s ef… Read more →