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I am a professional software engineer and architect with over eighteen years commercial development experience with a strong focus on the design and development of web and mobile applications.

I have experience of architecting scalable, distributed, high volume web applications that are accessible from multiple devices due to their responsive web design, including architecting enterprise service-oriented solutions. I have also developed enterprise mobile applications using Xamarin and Telerik Platform.

I have extensive experience using .NET, ASP.NET, Windows and Web Services, WCF, SQL Server, LINQ and other Microsoft technologies. I am also familiar with HTML, Bootstrap, Javascript (inc. JQuery and Node.js), CSS, XML, JSON, Apache Cordova, KendoUI and many other web and mobile related technologies.

I am enthusiastic about Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery and Application Life-cycle Management having configured such environments using CruiseControl.NET, TeamCity and Team Foundation Services. I enjoy working in Agile and Test Driven Development (TDD) environments.

Outside of work I have two beautiful daughters. I enjoy cycling, running and taking the dog for long walks. I love listening to music and am a fan of Rush and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to name a few.

 
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GeneralLanguage vs Framework Pin
Dominic Burford9-Apr-15 2:18
professionalDominic Burford9-Apr-15 2:18 
GeneralDo we really need asynchronous programming? I don't think so. Pin
Dominic Burford18-Mar-15 22:20
professionalDominic Burford18-Mar-15 22:20 
GeneralHelp Vampires Pin
Dominic Burford17-Mar-15 21:44
professionalDominic Burford17-Mar-15 21:44 
GeneralThoughts on what makes a great software developer. Pin
Dominic Burford11-Nov-14 23:09
professionalDominic Burford11-Nov-14 23:09 
GeneralDefinition of a programmer Pin
Dominic Burford10-Nov-14 22:42
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GeneralPet peeve - poor marking Pin
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GeneralPet peeve - developers who want to be spoon fed the answer Pin
Dominic Burford22-Oct-14 21:07
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GeneralPet peeve - using the var keyword Pin
Dominic Burford21-Oct-14 0:28
professionalDominic Burford21-Oct-14 0:28 
A pet peeve of mine is the use of the var keyword and especially for declaring value types such as int, bool etc.
var mBool;
var myInt;

These are value types and IMO should be declared using their intended type. Why let the compiler infer the type at runtime when you already know the type at compile time?

The same can be said for reference types too.
var myString;
var myCustomer;
var myTransaction;

I can see why you would use the var keyword when working with LINQ (where the var keyword was actually intended to be used), but fail to see why you would use it elsewhere.

modified 23-Oct-14 2:58am.

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