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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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A friend of mine was due to visit me over the weekend, but was somewhat delayed due to a problem with work. Despite this being a Saturday and he was not working authorized overtime, he was running late due to having to sort out a problem with the web site where he works (who shall remain nameless). The web site had been hacked and needless to say the issue needed resolving quickly. The problem was, no one was actually tasked with having responsibility for the web site. My friend who was sorting out the problem has no official jurisdiction over the web site whatsoever. He was only asked to investigate the issue as it was widely known that he had an interest in web sites outside of work. But officially, he has no responsibility for the web site.

My friend’s manager was unable to help due to his lack of technical expertise. He is a general purpose manager who delegates the workload to his team, but he doesn’t actually have any technical expertise himself.

The IT Director was unable to help for the same reason. Although he does have some technical expertise, he wasn’t sufficiently skilled enough with the specific technologies to be of any help in resolving the matter.

So the responsibility of resolving the issue fell on my friend. On a Saturday when he had other plans.

IT weren’t even fully aware of the web site, as it was brought into the business without them being consulted. Apparently the Marketing department wanted a web site, and went out and secured one. IT weren’t consulted, and so refused to accept any responsibility for its maintenance. They therefore assumed that the web site had not been commissioned.

What a sorry mess all round.

I’m sure I don’t need to spell out the huge errors that this situation highlights.

• No one had responsibility for the web site and therefore there was no single point of contact to go to when it became hacked.
• There was no one skilled enough within the business to resolve the issue when it occurred.
• There was no escalation procedure in place.
• Consulting the various departments and getting their buy-in before introducing a new application into the business is paramount. If you need IT to support the system, then they need to be fully consulted before hand.

If you’re going to have a web site, or indeed, any corporate / enterprise software application, you need to ensure that there is sufficient skills to maintain it when it inevitably causes problems. It is nothing short of incompetence to do otherwise.

Needless to say, my friend will be raising this issue first thing Monday morning, with solid assurances that the matter will be fully discussed with action points so that it doesn’t happen again.
"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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