Hello, world. I am Edward Barton.
I am a Software Developer living in the United Kingdom with a love for tech, and all things programming.
I am a Software Developer based in the United Kingdom with a mixture of self-taught and formal programming education and knowledge. Having recently made the choice to switch career paths into Tech, I bring with me a background in Games Programming, including brief experience in-industry as a Tester. With a love for computers and technology, a commitment to life-long learning and a drive to perform at the highest level I possibly can, I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Computer Science at Staffordshire University in order to take advantage of a guided learning path and obtain a recognized qualification within the field, all while continuing to explore interests and projects of my own on the side.
When it comes to the projects I end up working on, finishing them often come with so many stories to tell about how it was made, both for better and worse. It could be about some new concept that I’ve decided to explore, what struggles had to be overcome in order to get the job done, or just about why I decided to tape a Raspberry Pi to a wall. I genuinely love what I do and the things that I have worked on, and am always excited to talk about them to anyone who is willing to listen and provide their own input especially.
AhriWeb-scraping Discord bot written in Python that automatically checks for and posts new League of Legends patch notes.
Darius EditorGrid-based level editor for Destruction Darius 3D written in C# which allows users to create, play or share their own levels.
BaseTrainerNumber base system focused question generator and revision tool written in Python to help study for a Digital Technologies exam.
On rare occasions, I also write about anything that I think might be interesting to share, whether it be a particular technical aspect of a project I am proud of, or some kind of topic I've been reflecting on within programming and tech as a whole. If it has the potential to start a discussion between me and my peers, I like to try and see if there is a way I can write about it.
Using Web Scraping to Create a Patch Notes Bot in PythonAn exploration of my Ahri bot project which covers the implementation of core program logic, as well as the steps taken in deployment to allow it to function continually off an unsupervised device.
"Proper Languages": Who Does This Help?A critique of the concept of "proper" technologies in programming spaces and their potential role in perpetuating gatekeeping towards newcomers.
Code it to Learn it: Using Programming as a Study ToolA reflection on my time spent working on BaseTrainer and the usefulness of programming as a means to help understand new concepts being learned or studied.
Digitizing Sprites and Textures Through Code for DOOMifyA technical article which explores DOOMify and describes the logic behind the color quantization algorithm that it relies on.
Like a lot of others, I actually ended up getting my start in programming because I wanted to learn how to make my own games when I was a kid. I originally cut my teeth playing around with the odd game-making tool here and there when I was younger, but once I was introduced to Object-Oriented Programming in college, it opened up a much wider range of possibilities to me, and it all became downhill from there. While I have since chosen to move on from the Games Industry in a professional capacity over into Tech, there is nothing still stopping me from creating something here and there if I ever feel like it, and like the rest of my other projects, I feel that each game made still has lasting value in the challenges I had to overcome to make them.