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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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GeneralJavascript is the language of the web Pin
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GeneralDomain Driven Design Pin
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GeneralBankrupt Development Pin
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GeneralExecution in the Kingdom of Nouns Pin
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GeneralLanguage vs Framework Pin
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GeneralDo we really need asynchronous programming? I don't think so. Pin
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GeneralHelp Vampires Pin
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GeneralThoughts on what makes a great software developer. Pin
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I have often pondered what traits make for a great software developer. There is an abundance of good ones, but what are the traits that make a truly great one. Here are my own personal thoughts on what separates a good software developer from a great one.

1. Technical skills and knowledge. This obviously goes without saying. A great software developer must possess strong technical skills, be a fountain of knowledge in their chosen field (whatever that is), and be the goto person who has the answers (or at least can point you in the right direction). This person has a solid understanding of their chosen technology and regarded highly by their peers and associates.

2. Is not precious about always being right. They are happy to be proved wrong, and embrace the opportunity to learn something new from a given situation. I have come across many developers who are quite combative in their approach, and rigid in their thinking. They think that their way is always the best way (or worse, the only way). Instead, a great developer will go "Wow I never knew that, that's a great idea". They embrace new ideas and are willing to learn from situations in which they arise.

3. Remains calm under pressure. I have worked with many developers who simply crack under pressure, and create a lot of negative energy around them when they do so. They get frustrated, angry, and snap at other members of the team. As the pressure increases, so does the amount of friction and negative energy that they create. They are not good to be around under pressure situations.

4. Willing to make a stand for quality. I have admiration and respect for those people who are willing to make a stand for quality. Those that care about the end product because they see it as an extension of themselves. Their name is associated with the product, so they want to ensure that it is of sufficiently high quality. That doesn't mean spending endless time implementing every design pattern and new feature, but someone who will ensure that the product has gone through the appropriate checks and processes to ensure that it is of the highest quality possible given the constraints of time and budget and is willing to make a case to the business to ensure that this happens.

5. Passion. For me this is the defining quality between a good developer and a great one. They get excited about technology; they want to get their hands on the new shiny tools and technologies as they emerge. Software development is more than just a job; it is an integral part of the person's personality. They love nothing more than discussing technology and passing on what they know to others. Their passion is infectious and is always invaluable on any project in which they are involved.
"There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult." - C.A.R. Hoare

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GeneralDefinition of a programmer Pin
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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
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GeneralPet peeve - using the var keyword Pin
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