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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 future Software Configuration Management Pin
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I have long been involved in Software Configuration Management (SCM). Since 2000 I have been involved in SCM at various companies I have worked for. I find this an interesting and challenging part of the software development process. It doesn't matter how clever, impressive or jaw droppingly awesome the code we write might be, if it isn't versioned, built and deployed correctly then all that hard work is for nothing.

In software engineering, SCM is concerned with tracking and controlling changes to the software. As such it is concerned with the following goals:
- Configuration control - impementing a controlled change process
- Version control - managing changes to the source code and programs comprising the application(s)
- Build management - managing the process and tools for building the software

When I initially became involved in SCM the tools I used were quite rudimentary. They consisted of command-line tools and scripts that connected to version-control-systems (VCS) such as Source-Safe to fetch the code, build the application and then deploy this to a file share on the network. They were triggered manually (usually by a member of the testing team). Whilst this all may sound very basic (and it was all very basic) the underpinning fundamentals of today's Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) platforms are not much different. The key differences I have seen are the levels of automation, flexibility and integration in SCM tooling nowadays. It is now possible to do far more with less effort in less time.

My first steps into CI and CD came in the form of Cruisecontrol.NET in conjunction with Nant build scripts using Subversion as the VCS. This brought whole new levels of sophistication to SCM. Now whenever a developer checked in their code to the VCS, it would automatically trigger a build, which in turn which in turn could be deployed to a staging server. The build process could run unit tests against the code to ensure code coverage and that the latest check-in had not inadvertently broken something. The power and flexibility of build specific scripting tools such as Nant are staggering. There is almost no limit to what it can't do. On the CD side, these can be manually triggered by testers on an ad hoc basis. However, with the rise of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud environments, it is also entirely possible to deploy your newly built application to the cloud (for example Azure) for testing. You are only required to pay for what you actually use, so you only pay for the testing environment when it is actually in use by the testing team.

SCM is now an integral part of the software development process, and not something that runs alongside external to it. SCM is integral to today's software development process. With the rise of Agile and Agile based methodologies such as SCRUM and LEAN, SCM has seen many developments, particuarly where Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery are concerned. Agile based methodologies rely on this level of SCM sophistication. With the right tools and infrastructure in place, there is almost nothing your SCM cannot do.

I have setup and configured entire CI and CD environments from scratch. This has included the already mentioned CruiseControl.NET and Nant (using Subversion), and more recently with TeamCity and MSBUILD (using Team Foundation Server). All of these are a far cry from the tools that got me started.

Althought the tooling that surrounds SCM may have changed, bringing whole new levels of sophistication to the software development process, it is reassuring to know that beneath all of this tooling the same core principles still hold true. Version control and build management are fundamentally unchanged in their core outcomes and processes.
"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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