Adebiyi Adedotun is a User Interface and Frontend Engineer.
Sometimes in August 2013, I wrote my first line of code (on paper) in Java. Then, as a Computer Science undergrad (2013-2017) at the University of Ilorin, I wrote some code in the C language, much more in C++, and a lot in C#.
In a past life
C# was fun. We weren't taught in school but I'd discovered it (and Visual Studio) and loved it.
I created some Windows applications with C#, eXtensible Application Markup Language (XAML), Windows Presentation Form (WPF), and Windows Forms. And then I didn't. As a student, my PC wasn't powerful enough to effectively run Visual Studio, and I couldn't afford a high-speed internet connection. Fortunately, I discovered the web.
Caught in the web
I remember writing HTML and CSS, just like yesterday, and immediately seeing the result in the browser. Coming from the C# and Visual Studio experience, that was a big and enticing improvement. I was caught in the web for good.
On the web, the simplicities of inventing on principle are alluring; the complexities are humbling; and the closure is satisfying.
How it's going
Today, I am primarily a user interface and frontend engineer. I really love to craft user interfaces for the web.
I first fell in love with the web in the early days of my career because: 1) I could watch my code come alive in the browser in a matter of seconds; and 2) unlike other mediums, the blank canvas of the browser's viewport is your oyster.
Working at Edgio
I work at Edgio as a Developer Advocate on the community support team, where I help [potential] customers understand the internet's need for performance and security [at scale] through articles or code.
I contribute to the documentation by 1) updating its interface and 2) making sure the it is up to date.
Writing and Reading
Writing (and reading) have always been central to who I am and what I do. It's the hand I got dealt during my formative years, when I had no imagination of what I'd do, where I'd go, or who I'd become. I just wanted to read and write a lot.
In the early days of my web development journey, I used to pick apart websites and rebuild them. It could be navs, buttons, footers, cards, anything. I still experiment in that way today with UI components. I love how the disintegrated part can be composed to form something meaningful and functional.
Beneath the surface
At the heart of it, I am a computer scientist who strives to understand anything computing-related. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.
One of my biggest achievements was my final year project, "Digital Data Mining from Forensic Linguistics." At the time I worked on this project, I was unaware the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had used forensic linguistics in the "Manhunt: Unabomber" serial killer case of 1996.
The Septum: the center that holds
I founded a media and publication company, The Septum, focused on creating content that fosters the art of communication in many forms, such as writing, podcasts, videos, and more.