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I am a professional software engineer and technical architect with over twenty 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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GeneralCoding without a safety net Pin
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GeneralFocussing controls with ASP.NET Pin
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GeneralOne Googler's War on Javascript Frameworks Pin
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GeneralThe Programmer's Oath (extended version) Pin
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GeneralBalancing general IT knowledge vs. technical expertise Pin
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GeneralTime for Linus Torvalds to change how he treats people Pin
Dominic Burford14-Nov-15 21:05
professionalDominic Burford14-Nov-15 21:05 
After reading this article[^] on the management style of Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux operating system, you'd be forgiven for checking the date to check you hadn't been transported back to a time when workers had few rights and their employers could treat them as badly as they wanted with impunity.

The fact that this sort of anachronistic, bullying behaviour still exists is a tragedy. The fact that someone as high profile as Linus Torvalds is guilty of such behaviour is an even bigger tragedy. And not only that, but his bullying, intimidating style of management has set the tone for everyone else who works within the Linux kernel community. The Linux kernel community is a toxic place to work, where tearing people down in public is the norm.

The modern workforce has no place for such people or their styles of management. What Linus Torvalds doesn't realise is that this is not the way to get the best out people. No one rises to greatness because they were publicly humiliated. No one becomes inspired because they were verbally bullied.

Linus Torvalds openly admits that he doesn't care for people, he only cares about the technology. That's fine, in which case he should immediately stop having any dealings with those people for whom he doesn't care. He should delegate someone else with better people management skills (which shouldn't be difficult) to do the job, and let him focus on the technology.

What he fails to grasp is that he has probably prevented many top programmers from coming anywhere near his product as they (rightly) don't want to work for a bully in a toxic environment.

Linus Torvalds may be a driven, motivated technological genius, but where he fails so spectacularly is as a decent human being. It costs absolutely nothing to be considerate and respectful to those around you. These are the basic traits you expect from someone else, and so should likewise be the way you treat other people.

It also doesn't endear you to anyone. No one is going to go the extra mile for someone who doesn't have their best interests at heart. In business terms, you will quickly be isolated as no one wants to do business with you (evidenced by his rant at NVIDIA the graphics giant for not providing decent support for the Linux operating system). You will also lose top talent, as evidenced when Sarah Sharples left the Linux kernel community as she could no longer work in such a toxic environment.

So his management style has isolated him within the wider technological community, and lost him top talent too. If that doesn't speak volumes then I don't know what does.

So even if it was only for purely self interested reasons, being a decent human being wins the hearts and minds of those you want to do business with, and they will far more likely be willing to help you realise your vision.

If you treat people poorly, then don't complain when they don't want to help you any more.
"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: Time 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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GeneralTruths about software development Part III Pin
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GeneralStaying current vs improving knowledge Pin
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GeneralSeniority and T-shaped Pin
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GeneralBankrupt software development at Volkswagen Pin
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