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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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GeneralThe responsibility we have as software engineers Pin
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GeneralTop skills developers should be learning right now Pin
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GeneralThe Pragmatic Developer Pin
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Software developers solve problems by creating software solutions. That’s our job and that’s what we’re paid for. However, just because we’re asked to create a piece of software doesn’t mean we should immediately go ahead and implement it. There may be other ways of solving the problem that don’t necessitate creating a software solution. The problem may be solved by a change to the underlying business process or by utilizing another software application for example.

I was recently asked to investigate a problem that a customer had reported with one of our products. Their request was very reasonable and I started looking at ways of solving it. The proposed solution was to provide a patch to the product which would solve their problem. All this was perfectly reasonable.

Upon further investigation and asking a few more directed questions to the support team, I ascertained that the problem was specific to only this particular customer, as no one else used the product in the same way. Further to this, to create a patch would take time. A software developer would need to fix the code. A tester would need to test it to ensure it worked without adversely affecting the rest of the product. We would then need to create the patch and distribute it to them. During all this time other work would not be getting looked at. It could therefore take several days to get the patch to the customer during which time other work would have to be put on hold.

My proposal was to simply fix the affected data directly by executing a few SQL queries on their database. It was quickly agreed that this was the more effective solution and the support team were very quickly on the case. By the end of play that same day the data was fixed and the customer was happy, and so were we as it saved us a lot of effort. All in all a very successful outcome.

So before you write a single line of code, it’s always worth considering alternative solutions, particularly if the alternative has a quicker and cheaper yet equally effective outcome.
"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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GeneralThe rise and rise of open-source Pin
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GeneralEnterprises still miss the real point of open source Pin
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