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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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GeneralRe: One code-base for all mobile platforms is a pipe dream Pin
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GeneralRe: One code-base for all mobile platforms is a pipe dream Pin
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GeneralOur apps have gone live Pin
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GeneralFive truths about software development Part IV Pin
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GeneralIsolating unit tests using Dependency Injection Pin
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GeneralCould this function be unit tested without modifying it? Pin
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GeneralRe: Could this function be unit tested without modifying it? Pin
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GeneralTeam Foundation Services 2015 build tools Pin
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I have spent many years working with various build tools, with a particular emphasis on creating continuous integration (CI) environments. I have worked with Nant, MSBUILD, Cruisecontrol.NET, TeamCity, Git and Subversion to name a few. I have configured automated tests as part of the build process using Nunit and automated the signing and packaging of an Android app, all using various build and CI tools.

So I have a pretty good understanding of the build process and the tools and environments that support it. For this reason I haven't used the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) features found within Team Foundation Services (TFS) as I haven't found them to be best-of-breed. However, that was then, and this is now. I've recently been using the latest build features in TFS 2015 and have to admit that I'm very impressed with them.

They are very much improved from previous versions of TFS. One of my biggest criticisms was that TFS only really worked within the Microsoft build tools ecosystem, and didn't play particularly well with other build tools and systems. That's all changed in TFS 2015 though. The build tools in TFS 2015 now support practically any build tool or platform you care to mention. Git, Maven, Nant, Android, iOS, scripting languages etc. The list of supported tools and platforms is extensive and impressive.

I managed to get a complete build setup and configured with ease. This included a full build, continuous integration triggering from TFS and a deployment to our development server. From code being checked-in to being deployed on the test server is all automatic and takes just a few minutes to run.

This is an ideal build solution for anyone looking to automate and simplify their build process and which is capable of supporting many different build tools and platforms. The Rolls Royce build solution is still TeamCity, but this an impressive build platform nonetheless and one that I am happy to keep using.
"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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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
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GeneralRe: What's wrong with just being a solid programmer? Pin
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GeneralGetting creative and staying in the zone Pin
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