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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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GeneralCivil engineers vs Software engineers Pin
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In a recent discussion with a colleague we were talking about the analogies between the civil engineer and the software engineer. In order for the software industry to be given equality with the civil engineering industry, then it should adopt the same underlying principles.
  • Rigorous requirements
  • Rigorous design
  • Repeatable processes
  • Entry qualifications and external assessment
These are very worthy criteria to aim for, and I would definitely advocate their use. However, there are certain key differences with software engineering.
  • Software engineers are expected to be able to fit new features onto existing solutions. Imagine if a civil engineer was asked to amend their bridge so that it could accommodate trains as well as cars after it was completed? The civil engineer would quite rightly say that this was impossible or at least so financially costly as to be unworkable. The software engineer however is expected to do exactly this with the solutions they build.
I would definitely like to see more engineering disciplines filter through into software engineering. Particularly entry level qualifications and external assessment. To become a civil engineer and build a bridge you require certain minimum qualifications that have been verified by the industry. In software almost anyone can enter the industry with little or no qualifications and go on to build critical software applications.

There are certainly things we can learn from civil engineering, but there are also key differences between the two industries that we shouldn't forget.
"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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GeneralEnterprises still miss the real point of open source Pin
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GeneralTen reasons why open-source software will eat the world Pin
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GeneralLearning Node.JS Pin
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