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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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GeneralFunctional Programming in Javascript Pin
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Just finished reading this excellent book[^] on functional programming with Javascript. I've read various articles before on the same topic, but it's nice to have a book to give you the full detailed picture of the subject. This was a great book, full of useful explanations and examples. Unlike some books that try to make the case for using Javascript in a purely functional manner, this book is more practical, and makes the case for using Javascript in a functional manner alongside your non functional Javascript, therefore making the book appeal to every Javascipt developer, not just academics.

Javascript makes an excellent functional programming language. It supports functions as first class objects whereby they are treated as any other object by the language. They can be assigned to variables, passed to other functions and returned from functions. Javascript also supports higher order functions. These are functions that take a function as an argument and return a function. Higher order functions should not have any side effects or rely on the environment in any way.

Learning functional programming with Javascript is definitely worth the effort. By adopting a functional approach you can make your code cleaner, more modular, increase its reusability, reduce its coupling and can be sure that it is mathematically correct. Programming in a functional manner can also lead to useful abstractions. By passing functions as parameters to other functions you can harness the power of callbacks, which underpin reactive and asynchronous programming.

Even if you only use Javascript for client side validation on your web controls, learning functional programming will not do you any harm whatsoever. Quite the opposite in fact.
"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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