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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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GeneralWhat is "Clean Code"? Pin
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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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Here's an interesting article[^] from Google employee Paul Lewis who works on the Chrome Developer Relations Team.

His contention is that Javascript frameworks are primarily aimed at making the life of the software developer easier, rather than providing any real benefits to the end-user.

He may be a well respected employee from the mighty Google, but I find his contention to be wrong. For starters, as anyone who has ever worked with Javascript will tell you, it is probably the most idiosyncratic scripting language out there. Saying that a framework built using this quirky and idiosyncratic language is purely to increase the developer experience is risible.

Frameworks are merely abstractions that make using the underpinning technology easier by proving a consistent programming paradigm. This obviously provides developer benefits by abstracting away the underlying details of the technology, but also by ensuring the code is more comprehensible and therefore more maintainable by enforcing a set of standards and a consistent programming paradigm.

This in turn ensures that new features can be more easily added and that bugs can be fixed more quickly precisely because a framework was used. This is obviously good for the end-user.

Javascript is the language of the web, and so its use is ubiquitous and mandatory. Therefore its use is not up for discussion. Therefore the discussion needs to be centred on both making its use easier for the developer, whilst also ensuring that the end results are acceptable to the end-user experience.

One thing that I do agree with is this final comment from Paul Lewis.
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Using a framework is probably a good idea, but it’s an even better idea for developers to ensure they’re savvy about what the frameworks are trying to abstract.
I think that's something we can all agree on.
"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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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
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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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