My name is Jessica Ete (pronounced "eh-tay"...you may see this written with accent aigus elsewhere because no-one knows how to say it). I was born and raised in London. Languages, frameworks and tools I've worked with in the past include:

  • Ruby/Rails
  • Scala
  • Akka HTTP
  • Go
  • Javascript
  • RSpec3
  • Cucumber/Selenium
  • PostgreSQL
  • Heroku
  • AWS (S3, EC2, Route53)
  • CSS3/Sass
  • Redis
  • Elasticsearch
  • TSQL
  • Linux
  • Devise
  • Cobra
  • React
  • Git

...and of course, jQuery!

Employment History

  • FutureLearn
    Apr 2020 - Present

    I currently work as a software engineer at FutureLearn, an online education platform partially owned by the Open University. Whilst there I've contributed to their Ruby on Rails monolith and some of their React code. I joined fairly recently so it's still early days but so far the work and the team have been awesome!

  • Worked as a senior backend developer on the worst engineering team I've had the misfortune of working for (and at a company that I am currently suing). Whilst there I worked on greenfield Scala/Slick projects as well as some of their legacy Play applications. I also gained some Dev Ops experience by contributing to the Puppet and Terraform configuration, learning about user administration in the LDAP directory and generally picking up the pieces left behind by the violent, misogynistic (and probably racist) arsehole who'd originally built their shoddy infrastructure. I really can't stress enough how morally bankrupt some of the people in and around their tech team and senior management were nor how much I regret ever applying to work at that godawful, institutionally racist organisation.

  • Deliveroo
    Jul 2017 - Feb 2019
    I worked as a backend software engineer on the Growth team and worked on a variety of projects, mostly older Rails applications though our more recent services were written in Scala. I also had the opportunity to coach at Rails Girls, get involved with the Tech Org's Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging committee, participate in the Functional Programming in Scala reading group and I even gave a short tech talk about the work we had done in Scala during our Consumer Engineering Conference.
  • Tyk
    Sep 2016 - Jul 2017
    I worked as a developer and support engineer in the Shoreditch office. Whilst there I gained experience with Go and some AngularJS but also helped to write the Rails app that powers Tyk's status page.

I'm actually on LinkedIn but I still haven't really worked out what I'm supposed to use it for. I worked in IT for a few years after sixth-form but, like, I don't anymore.


You may or may not be interested to know that:

  • I'm not French (sorry)
  • I tend to score as an INTP when I take MBTI tests but it's been a while
  • I listen to music sometimes - mostly just alternative or whatever passed for punk back when I was thirteen. Increasingly, I find I listen to far too many podcasts
  • Back in late 2017 I took up dance, specifically Zouk. I apparently no longer suck at it which, considering how rubbish I was at PE as a kid, is pretty good!
  • I know a mouse-hunter named QT. Saying that I own him makes me feel guilty but, like, I did pay for him once. I think he likes me
  • In 2015 I thought doing this to a laptop was a good idea
  • I have a Twitter account if you'd like to follow/tweet.
  • Back in 2015, I would occasionally follow corvids (#CorvidsNotCovid) and take pictures of them running away on my phone. I sort of miss it a little
  • If you're feeling generous, I have a paypal link and a monzo link for payments/donations