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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 am also an avid cyclist who enjoys reading, listening to music and travelling.

 

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GeneralMy first app using Telerik Platform Pin
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GeneralHaving a Mobile Strategy Pin
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GeneralExciting times ahead Pin
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GeneralBootcamps vs. College Pin
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GeneralWhen to use best practices Pin
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GeneralWhat's wrong with just being a solid programmer? Pin
Dominic Burford5-Apr-16 1:59
professionalDominic Burford5-Apr-16 1:59 
I'm sure we've all seen the job adverts for "rock star developer" or "programmer ninja". I'm sure (hope?) like most of my peers, we've sighed with exasperation as such silly, ego fuelled job titles. Thankfully this article[^] instils some much needed sanity on such job titles.

I particulaly liked this quote.

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I’m more akin to a librarian, scientist, artist, and carpenter.
Couldn't have put it better myself. He sums up perfectly the blend of skills needed to be a good software developer.

As a professional software developer, I completely divorce myself from such job titles. I take what I do seriously and carry out my work with due diligence and pride. What I don't do is give myself overblown job titles which do absolutely nothing to enhance my reputation or my profession. Can you imagine seeing an advert for a "rock star airline pilot" or "ninja brain surgeon"? These sorts of titles do our industry no favours whatsoever. How can we be taken seriously when we have adverts for facile roles such as these?

Do you really want a "rock star developer" designing the security component of your enterprise application? Or heading up the implementation of your safety-critical flight navigation system? Or near your business critical on-line payment system? Hell no! These are roles where you want a safe and experienced pair of hands. People who have spent years in the trenches and got their hands dirty sorting out complex programming problems, designing software that works in the real-world, keeping screaming customers happy (or trying their best anyway).

Let's be honest, software developers love doing what we do anyway. We're a passionate lot and enjoy developing software for its own sake. We're geeks. We don't need to be enticed and seduced by silly job titles. And to those that are, stay clear of them. They're more concerned with stoking their egos than doing great work.

A personal plea to any recruiters or head-hunters who may be reading this. Please stop using these job titles. They're silly, unnecessary and trivialise the work that we do.

Our industry doesn't need "rock star programmers" or "programmer ninjas". Seriously, if this is how you see yourself, then please find another career. Our industry doesn't need you. It needs people who are dedicated, passionate, hard-working and take their work seriously.
"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: What's wrong with just being a solid programmer? Pin
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GeneralWhen Interviews Fail Pin
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GeneralStackoverflow Developer Survey Results 2016 Pin
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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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GeneralPreventing a button from being clicked multiple times 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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