Hello again, blog! It has been a very long time since I have been able to make an update! When I created this website back in 2016 it was down to a university module, in which we were instructed to create a portfolio to use when we graduated. I decided back then to create my own website from scratch, as opposed to going through the WordPress route like so many of my fellow students. We're now in 2019 and the website has only just begun to reach its finishing stages. Had I of known what a colossal task it was going to be to create, I would have been better prepared!
The website uses a blend of technology but is mainly hinged on PHP. I've used the language previously, but I've learned a great deal during the synthesis of this website. There are probably still a few bugs lurking around, but for the most part, I am pretty happy. The initial version of the website used very basic methodologies but has since grown to be much more sophisticated, with functions being reused in several places, reducing the code exponentially. I'm still slightly apprehensive that there are some security issues; university taught me that SQL has its flaws where this is concerned. It is this excitement of coding that continues to inspire me on the prospect of getting a career in the gaming industry.
So where am I right now? I graduated from Northumbria University in 2018 with a First Class degree in Computer Game Programming. My final year project was to synthesise a terrain generation system that allowed a player to move freely in all directions, producing terrain chunks that would be seemingly endless. This project will be available to view in my portfolio sometime soon, for anybody interested. Finishing university at the age of 30 was tough, but I'm incredibly proud of myself for the arduous journey.
After graduation, I immigrated to the United States of America, where I currently reside in the state of California. I'm hoping the process goes smoothly so that I can start applying for positions in the earlier portion of 2019. Almost all of my peers have since begun their careers in programming, so it feels a little disappointing that I'm still unable to work some 6-7 months after graduation, but I'm extremely excited to get started.