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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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GeneralTime for Linus Torvalds to change how he treats people Pin
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GeneralProgrammers and engineers Pin
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GeneralRule of Modularity Pin
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GeneralDomain Driven Design Quickly Pin
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GeneralKeeping your skills up-to-date (sharpening your axe) Pin
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There is a well known story that about a woodcutter who stops periodically to sharpen his axe will. This woodcutter cuts down more wood than the other woodcutter who doesn't. By periodically sharpening his axe, the woodcutter is more productive than those that keep on cutting without stopping, as eventually their axes become blunted over time and they become less efficient.

A similar analogy can be made with software development. The analogy being that the developer who periodically stops writing code to research new ideas will be more productive than the developer who doesn't.

There are many ways of keeping your skills up-to-date. Here are just a few.

- Reading articles
- Writing articles (if you understand it well enough to describe it, then you understand it)
- Contributing to communities, forums, open-source projects etc
- Using social media to keep abreast of what's happening e.g. Twitter is great for this

It's important that it doesn't become a chore. Keep it fun and you'll keep doing it. I try to spend a little time each evening reading around various articles that I find on Twitter. I also enjoy wrtiting technical articles. Not only do I enjoy the warm fuzzy feeling of passing on my knowledge to
others, but it also forces me to research a subject and thus increase my knowledge.

Keep it fun and make it a regular part of your daily routine.

Remember.....keep your axe sharp 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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GeneralTruths about software development Part III Pin
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