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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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GeneralWeb developers make less than IT peers, but skills are more in demand Pin
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GeneralStupid coding tricks - A batch of Pi Pin
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GeneralJasmine: Behaviour-Driven Javascript Pin
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GeneralEnterprises still miss the real point of open source Pin
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GeneralSoftware Craftsmanship Pin
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Software craftsmanship is more than simply having pride in one's work. It's a two-way street. A craftsman approach also helps increase the respect of the business for their IT professionals, who bring high-level expertise and a sense of purpose that will advance the business. In software, developing a deep obsession with the customer's needs is part of being a craftsman approach. After all, obsession with customer satisfaction is what helps business succeed at the highest level.

A few years ago, these values were enunciated in the Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship[^] (with more than 16,200 signatories so far), citing the following values:
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As aspiring Software Craftsmen we are raising the bar of professional software development by practicing it and helping others learn the craft. Through this work we have come to value:
- Not only working software, but also well-crafted software
- Not only responding to change, but also steadily adding value
- Not only individuals and interactions, but also a community of professionals
- Not only customer collaboration, but also productive partnerships

The manifesto has a very similar vibe to the Agile Manifesto[^], and that's no accident. Agile principles are an important part of software craftsmanship, which also advocates a higher-order role for developers:
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Although software craftsmanship is not a methodology, it strongly recommends the adoption of certain technical practices and disciplines, mostly the ones defined by Extreme Programming. With a great synergy with Agile and Lean principles, software craftsmanship promises to take our industry to the next level. Professionalism, technical excellence, and customer satisfaction are the main focus of software craftsmanship. One of its main focuses is changing the perceptions that software developers are like workers on a production line and that software projects can be run as if running a factory.

"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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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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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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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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