Jamie Balfour BSc

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Technology enthusiast

I am very interested in technology, particularly relating to computer science. I am most interested in web design and development.

My main hobby is programming. One of my most well known products from this is ZPE. I also am the sole creator of BalfBlog, BalfBar and BalfSlider.

A little bit about me

In 1997, when I was six years of age, I got my very first computer. I was always very interested in the ins and outs of it and dismantled it to see how it worked.

Years later, in 2016 I received my BSc (with honours) in Computer Science, obtaining a First class degree.

I'd like to welcome you to my website and hope you enjoy using it as much as I have enjoyed building it!

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Jamie Balfour BSc
Full stack developer

Introducing ZPE Isla de Muerta

Sunday 24th July 2016 at 21:21
ZPE 1.4.3 Isla de Muerta is nearly ready for launch. This version brings some of the biggest changes and features to ZPE since it began.

Whilst I did release version 1.4.3 last week officially, I have been updating it with new features and have been updating the download file as I do this. Since finding a small flaw I have been working on fixing it leisurely since finding and solving the problem was not too difficult. I've not been updating the version number of these versions since I've released version 1.4.3 as an beta version so far. None the less, version 1.4.3 is not really finished. 

Anyway, the improvement I have added today is the long awaited break() command. This function is void, meaning no return value, but it will break you out of a loop you've entered pretty quickly - much faster than the return statement. So go on, give it a try, it's pretty good!

1.4.3 also removed the XOR statement from the logic parser. I'd like to remind you though that there is now the xor function to do the exact same thing. 

1.4.3 is by far the cleanest version to date, and it definetly tidies up a lot of the mess left from version 1.4.1 and 1.3.7 which were the hacked-together versions. 

Also, you are probably wondering about the name of this post since it talks about Isla de Muerta. Isla de Muerta is the name of the fictional island in the Pirates of the Caribbean films where the Black Pearl (aka the Wicked Wench) anchored and is the name of version ZPE 1.4.3. The name was chosen because I'm a huge fan of the films and Johnny Depp in particular, and because I've been watching them all very recently. I plan to name the next versions after things related to these films rather than after lochs of Scotland for now (I did name versions of my Data Project application after Scottish lochs for sometime too but since I dropped support for it I decided to continue the naming over to ZPE when it began).

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