I'm Junade Ali, author of multiple software books and working on a PhD in theoretical computer science. Ask me anything!
Junade Ali May 9
Hello! I'm Junade; by day I work at Cloudflare, focussing on running the Support Operations engineering group. By night, I work on a PhD in theoretical computer science.
I started my developer career at 16, initially working as a web dev for a mental health charity before entering the Digital Agency world; eventually working my way up to being the Lead Developer of the largest digital agency in the UK (by headcount). After leaving the agency world, I worked on mission critical road safety software for traffic sensors and signals - with code that touches hundreds of millions of road movements every day.
Despite leaving school with no qualifications (let alone a Bachelors degree), I was accepted onto a part-time Masters course at the age of 17; during the course of my studies I worked on an Operational Research project for a large security/defence company. This work led to my first academic publication and I later won the "Best Overall Masters" award, in part due to my thesis. I have accidentally found myself writing 3 books; two on software engineering and one which was co-authored on British constitutional law.
Most recently; you may have recently heard of some of my widely-reported work on creating the k-Anonymity model used on Troy Hunt's Pwned Passwords database, which allows you to quickly check if your password is exposed against more than half-a-billion leaked passwords, whilst limiting the information you share with any third-party.