This is the first in a planned series of posts introducing you to some of the developers behind WebSphere Liberty. First up is Kate Stanley

Kate’s a Java developer in the Liberty development team. She joined IBM and Liberty in 2014 after graduating with a Masters in Mathematics. With a broader mathematical background and wide-ranging interests that include reading about tech innovation but also sailing, dancing, and skiing, what attracted her to a career in computing?

“I loved the idea of a job where I get to solve new problems every day.”

Whilst at university, she successfully applied to do IBM’s Extreme Blue summer internship, a programme where undergraduates spend 12 weeks, in teams of four, intensively working on a technical project. The project she worked on was a game for teaching children how to write Python code. Players had to edit the code that ran the game in order to complete the game.

“It was great seeing how enthusiastic they were when they tried it out and how quick they were at writing their own code.”

Although she’d started coding as an undergraduate, she only met Java on joining the Liberty team. The team helped her quickly get going with Java through pair-programming and she now writes Game On!. Game On! is an old-school text-based adventure game that enables Java and Node developers to explore microservices architectures and try their hand at writing their own microservices in a fun learning context.

“I learnt Java by doing pair programming with my team.”

In 2016, you might have met her when she went on the road with Game On! and the Microservices team, starting in Sweden where she presented at JFokus, her first ever tech conference. Then on to talking to many, many developers at Devoxx UK in London and, this week, she presented with Erin Schnabel at OSCON in London.

More from Kate

You can find Kate on Twitter as @KateStanley91 and on GitHub as katheris.

Kate’s written some microservices articles here on about twelve-factor apps and the Liberty app accelerator. She’s also been working on an IBM Redbook Microservices Best Practices for Java and published 5 Things to Know about Microservices with Java on the IBM Redbook Blog.

Something random about Kate

“I love the theatre. I once spent a summer in London and saw a different West End show every weekend.”

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  1. […] Kate Stanley, software engineer at IBM UK, said that “the thing we haven’t seen before is we’re seeing more and more people iterate faster and deliver faster. It’s no longer a case of bring something new out every year. You need to bring out every week or every hour even. Maybe the complexity the system added wasn’t worth the reward that it got for me to move faster. Now the rewards are greater. So it’s worth taking on the complexity.” […]

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