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Nevertheless, she coded: Hannah Masila

Happy International Women's Day!✨💖👯

My name is just Hannah, but my friends call me Maslah.

Where do you work?

I am currently a freelance developer

Who or what inspired you to pursue the career you have today?

Love. I studied computer science in pursuit of love, and when love didn't work out, I started programming to spend time with my best friend who was a geek

What is your favourite music genre?

I enjoy Reggae and Bongo Flavour

What is your secret talent that no one knows about?

I can code in Perl

My advice for allies to support underrepresented folks who code is...

Practice. Join a community, learn. Get an accountability partner and practice some more

How do you keep yourself up to date in your field?

By Working. Freelancing keeps me on toes because I'm competing with thousands of talented individuals from all over the world

How would you describe your job to a bunch of 5 year olds

I tell computers what to do.

What cool thing are you working on right now?

I am currently web scrapping for UK project planning

What was your first job?

Software Developer at Andela

What are the toughest challenges you've had at work?

Context switching between languages or technologies

What upcoming technological innovation will dramatically impact the industry in the next five years?

It's already impacting .. blockchain, smart contracts etc

What skill do you think everyone should learn?

Skill - Programming
Language - Python

Have you taken a huge leap of faith at work? Did it pay off?

Yes. I had a Perl web scraper that I needed to update. It was old, ugly, messy. It used xml and wsdl, which I hadn't worked with before. But it really helped me understand a lot and learn a new language

How can we follow you?

On instagram, my handle is hanmaslah.

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