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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 am also an avid cyclist who enjoys reading, listening to music and travelling.

 

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GeneralKeeping your skills up-to-date (sharpening your axe) Pin
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GeneralTruths about software development Part III Pin
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GeneralSeniority and T-shaped Pin
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professionalDominic Burford28-Sep-15 1:41 
Reading this article[^] got me thinking about what does it mean to be a senior developer? For me, seniority equates to knowledge, and is not related to the number of years experience you have. If you have worked for the same company working on the same product for 10 years and not made any particular impact on the team, does that make you more senior to someone who has worked for 5 years but has been exposed to a greater number of technologies, methodologies and constantly brings new ideas to the table?

In my opinion, it does not. Seniority is about the depth and breadth of your skill set. You may have 10 years of commercial software development under your belt, but if you don't understand architecture, design patterns and SOLID principles for example, then how can you possibly call yourself a senior developer.

This is where the T-shaped individual[^] comes in. For those that haven't heard of the expression, it relates to an individual who has both deep experience in a certain area, but also has a wide breadth of knowledge across the entire discipline. So for example, if you have a deep knowledge of web development with ASP.NET then you have deep experience of a particular technology. To be T-shaped you would need to complement that with knowledge of a wider (broader) set of skills such as (for example) architecture, design patterns and SOLID principles. The wider (broader) your skills, the more easily you can pick up new ideas.

Being a whizz web developer is all well and good, but if you can't pick up new ideas and skills as you lack the surrounding context and interrelated disciplines, then that makes you a one-trick pony. Good for one specific thing, but not a lot else.

The wider and deeper your skills the more T-shaped you are, therefore the more value you add to the business.
"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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