My name is Carla Dessi. I am a Freelance Web Designer, Ruby on Rails coding genius and also a full-time student studying Computing. I also dabble in mobile app development from time to time too.
Before you ask, although my website background clearly suggests I like cats, I promise I'm not some kind of crazy cat lady! …But they do keep me company when I'm coding away at 2am.
Whilst I am currently studying in Bournemouth University, I grew up in Frome, Somerset, where I achieved both GCSEs and A-Levels to a high standard.
Computing has always been my beck and call. I didn't mess around, either! Once I had finished my A-Levels, I fled the nest and moved further south to tackle the life of a university student. This meant living on rice and beans, undergoing daily challenges and during my University work, the occasional bug kept showing up. Before you ask, this wasn't I'm a Celebrity!
Before I began my journey to Computing, I undertook various other roles as well. In Frome, I worked as a Leisure Attendant/Receptionist for an established business. I went through a tough training process, but it was a great opportunity to showcase my working ability. I got myself involved with an evolving and varied team on a daily basis - sharing responsibilities such as cash handling, assisting customers when they had an enquiry and other general administration duties.
I was able to not starve to death and survived up until my third year of University. As a reward for my endurance, I was skilled and fortunate enough to work a placement year at a local infrastructure company as a Software Engineer. I was responsible for maintaining the company websites and I added a wealth of new features to make them easier and more accessible to use, as well as running their content management system.
By using lots of brain power, I created tools and internal portals using Ruby on Rails. As one of the only members in the team to understand how the coding worked, I was relied on continuously to provide support and advice. During my time on my placement, I managed to blog about my coding achievements to better off not only myself but those that wish to use it too. Why not check them out!?
Outside of my studies, I work hard on creating freelance WordPress websites for a range of clients. I also delve into coding occasionally, tackling day to day problems and solving them using some magic code, and unlike Derren Brown, I share them with the world.
What are the project’s aims? My project is intended to solve the problem of using separate designated devices for scanning student cards for attendance. Rather than having a specific device for scanning RFID’s or barcodes, my app would allow staff to use any iOS or Android device. There would also be an online portal for […]