Who am I?

Thank you for asking! My name is Rachael Smith and I'm a 22 year old Computer Science student at The University of Salford. I am soon to be graduating and I am currently looking for a software or web development job in the Manchester/Salford area. To view my professional profile please see my LinkedIn. You can also view the web version of my CV here.

I'm a definite nerd. I am a huge Star Trek fan (Voyager/DS9/TNG) and I count Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Sherlock and House amongst my addictions. I love anime (My Anime List) and play DDR, and spend a lot of my time online reading up on technology news and engaging in my various nerdy interests. I am an avid PC gamer with DOTA 2, Civilization 5 and XCOM: Enemy Within being some of my most played games recently.

What do I do?

I am a software developer and web designer. You can view my Stack Overflow and Github profiles.

I am currently working on a number of University projects including an eBook reader created in Java and a .NET Forum using web services. I am also beginning work on creating my own Fanlisting management system using JavaScript and Python.

Things I know about:

  • Java and OO development (including Swing, Eclipse & GWT)
  • Web development using PHP, JavaScript, HTML & CSS
  • SQL databases and web service development using ASP.NET and SOAP
  • Software development methodologies including Agile
  • Testing & version control using jUnit and Mercurial
  • Troubleshooting Windows XP & 7 PCs remotely using TeamViewer, Radmin & RDP for application, email, network, printing and Operating System issues.

What is this site?

Bernkastel.co.uk is a personal website for me and serves as a portfolio of my development projects that I've worked on at University and in my spare time. Prior to being my portfolio, Bernkastel.co.uk has hosted some of my other web projects.

I made my first website when I was 13, they focused on glitter and doll graphics. I later moved onto Fanlistings. If you're not familiar with the concept of Fanlistings it is simply an online listing of fans of a subject that is created by an individual and open for fans from around the world to join. I created over 30 of these mini-sites on this site before retiring them due to University work taking priority.

The name Bernkastel is that of a character from one of my favourite anime, Umineko no Naku koro Ni (When the Seagulls Cry). She is also known as the Witch of Miracles and has the power to make any miracles happen as long as the possibility isn't zero.