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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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GeneralWhen to use best practices Pin
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GeneralWhat's wrong with just being a solid programmer? Pin
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GeneralWhen Interviews Fail Pin
Dominic Burford29-Mar-16 20:44
professionalDominic Burford29-Mar-16 20:44 
I recently read the following article[^] with interest. If you are asked a question in an interview and give an unexpected (but correct) answer, should this be seen as a positive or a negative?

In the article, the interviewer seems to mark the candidate down for giving an answer that is different to the one they expected. Whilst I accept that the expected answer in this particular case may be the one that conforms to better design practices and use of the language, the answer nonetheless still solves the problem, and this surely is the point.

The candidate is asked to solve a problem, for which there is no seemingly straight-forward solution. The candidate therefore proposes an alternative solution. In software, you cannot always just re-design the software to implement a new feature. Having the time will also likely be a luxury you don't have. Sometimes, just sometimes, to get the ball past the post, you need to take a different approach, however unpalatable that approach may be.

As long as the candidate made it abundantly clear that whilst the approach they have described is a quick fix and not the preferred approach (and would probably require technical debt at a later date), then giving an unorthodox answer shows both creativity and a deeper understanding of the language than the candidate who simply says it cannot be done.

I would prefer the candidate who solves problems than those who don't.
"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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GeneralGetting creative and staying in the zone Pin
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GeneralLet's stop talking about quality Pin
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GeneralWhat makes a good programming language? Pin
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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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