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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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GeneralGetting creative and staying in the zone Pin
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GeneralWhat makes a good programming language? Pin
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I was reading an article recently that was comparing different programming languages, and it got me thinking about what criteria should we expect in every programming language. There seems to be an upturn in the number of new programming languages, from the mainstream to the obscure. Every week it seems that a new programming language is getting released. So what qualities should we expect in a programming language. Here's my list of qualities.

- A programming language must be predictable. Fundamentally a computer program is an expression of an idea written in a language that can be understood by a computer. It’s a medium for expressing human ideas and having a computer execute them, so it’s critical that a human’s understanding of a program actually be correct.

- A language must be consistent. Similar things should look similar, different things different. Knowing part of the language should aid in learning and understanding the rest. This sounds obvious, but it cannot be understated just how important consistency is in aiding the development of sophisticated programs using a particular programming language. It should also be consistent in how it implements a particular programming paradigm. For example, if the language is object-oriented or functional, then it should be consistent with that particular paradigm, such that a programmer with experience with the paradigm can learn the language with reference to previous knowledge and / or experience of the paradigm.

- A language must be concise. Or to put this another way, a programming language should NOT be verbose. If it takes numerous lines of code just to output "Hello world" to the standard output device, then it can hardly be described as concise. New languages exist to reduce the boilerplate inherent in old languages. (We could after all write machine code. Whilst this would be extremely concise, it would be incomprehensible to a human being). A language must therefore strive to avoid introducing new boilerplate of its own.

- A language must be reliable. A programming language is a tool used to solve problems, it should not create more problems of its own. They should minimise any new problems they introduce. Any “gotchas” are massive distractions.

- A language must be debuggable. When something goes wrong, the programmer has to fix it, and we need all the help we can get with this. The programming language should provide useful error messages, stack traces etc to enable the programmer to debug and fix the problem with the code.
"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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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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GeneralThe Programmer's Oath (extended version) Pin
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GeneralBalancing general IT knowledge vs. technical expertise Pin
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