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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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GeneralSoftware Craftsmanship Pin
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GeneralTen reasons why open-source software will eat the world Pin
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GeneralThe rise of the Javacript frameworks Pin
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GeneralLearning Node.JS Pin
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GeneralThe 2015 Stack Overflow Developer Survey Pin
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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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I heard this phrase recently and it struck a chord. As software developers we are passionate about what we do, trying to build the best solutions we can with the tools at our disposal. We try to employ good software practices through the use of design patterns, abstractions, re-usability, loose coupling etc. We try to come up with the best design we can to fit the problem at hand.

When we blindly implement whatever can of spaghetti is asked of us, then we have reached the point of software bankruptcy. Anything goes, no matter how much of a maintenance nightmare it might produce, no matter how big the ball of mud it will create.

Pressure from the business to meet a deadline is often the trigger for bankrupt software. But equally, we need to stand firm and make a stand for quality. If we fail in that task, can we really call ourselves professionals?
"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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GeneralDo we really need asynchronous programming? I don't think so. Pin
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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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