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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
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GeneralDo we really need asynchronous programming? I don't think so. Pin
Dominic Burford18-Mar-15 22:20
professionalDominic Burford18-Mar-15 22:20 
Came across this interesting article by the .NET Junkie and found it very interesting.

I would like to remove the entire async programming model. Asynchronous methods tend to spread through your application like a virus and make both programming and debugging your application much harder. Yes, this asynchronous programming has become much easier than it used to be, but it is still harder than synchronous programming and it will probably stay harder until the .NET runtime has been re-written from the ground up to support such a programming model.

I know this is against popular opinion, but there is hardly ever a reason to pollute your entire code base with this asynchronous programming model. One of the main reasons for Microsoft pushing this programming model really hard is because it is more efficient when running in the cloud. This makes sense, because in Azure, you pay per CPU cycle and per the number of machines you need. But on the other hand, asynchronous programming costs way more developer cycles, and because developers are quite expensive, it is quite unlikely that your savings on the Azure bills will actually compensate the extra developer costs. But obviously, you will have to do the sums yourself.

Don't get me wrong, of course we want - and need - responsive UIs so we might need a few async/await calls inside your Window, Page or View Model classes in our presentation layer built with WPF, Silverlight, Win Forms or some other client technology. You can still do this, even though your whole code base below is synchronous, with synchonous calls to the database, web services and the file system. When doing that, you will still be able to make your UI responsive, but the only difference is that you'll have a background thread sleeping most of the time, instead of using I/O completion ports. But I've never ever worked on an application where having this single extra background thread was a problem. Even for Windows Phone applications this is a non-issue.

Asynchronous programming may be the new shiny thing in the .NET world, and with some training and experience, we can become quite effective as developers in applying it, but even then it is more painful than synchronous progamming (which is hard enough by itself), and instead of spending money on training developers on how to do async, I would rather spend this money in training them to learn the SOLID design principles, Test Driven Development, Functional Programming or writing clean code. There are so many other skills that are probably more important and more effective in writing good software, that I would rather spend my money on that first.
"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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GeneralThoughts on what makes a great software developer. Pin
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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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