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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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GeneralMaking a stand for quality Pin
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GeneralFive truths about software development Part II Pin
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GeneralFull stack developers. Do they really exist? Pin
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GeneralA Programmer's Life Pin
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GeneralWhy software developers get into 'religious wars' Pin
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GeneralSoftware developers - please stop moaning Pin
Dominic Burford14-Jun-15 18:36
professionalDominic Burford14-Jun-15 18:36 
I'm sure we've all done it, and we've probably all heard other developers do it too. Complaining and criticising about someone else's code.

- "It's the worst code I've ever seen"
- "This guy's code totally sucks"
- "The guy who wrote this mess should hang his head in shame"

Sound familiar? On practically every forum where developers can hang out you'll hear them complaining and criticising other people's work. It seems to be endemic to the industry so prevalent and ubiquitous is this behaviour.

Imagine if other professions did this. Electricians, plumbers, mechanics. Imagine if you took your car in for a service, and every time you did, the mechanic complained and criticised the work of the previous mechanic.

And yet this is exactly what every software developer does.

Let's turn back the tide, and change this negative behaviour and accept my challenge. For one week, do NOT complain or criticise anyone's work. Try to find something good to say about all the work that you come across. No matter how bad the work may be, find something positive to say about it.

- "The code may not have scaled very well but it was easy for figure out what it was doing"
- "At least the code at fault was consistent with the rest of the code-base"
- "The error logging was pretty good"

Get the idea? For one full week remember. Let me know how you get one Smile | :)
"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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GeneralRe: Software developers - please stop moaning Pin
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GeneralCODE Magazine turns 15 years old Pin
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GeneralSpaghetti Code Pin
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GeneralXamarin vs Cordova Pin
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GeneralThe Role of a Senior Developer Pin
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GeneralCQRS for the Common Application Pin
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GeneralSoftware as a core competency Pin
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GeneralWhen IT Support breaks down Pin
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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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GeneralIn the next 100 years computers will overtake humans Pin
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GeneralThe Failure of Agile Pin
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