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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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GeneralCompleted the ASP.NET Web API build pipeline Pin
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GeneralOne 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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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
Dominic Burford4-Aug-16 1:41
professionalDominic Burford4-Aug-16 1:41 
I have been writing a lot of unit tests recently, as we move the business logic from our reports into business objects that are then invoked by the reports. To ensure that the migrated business functionality works as expected, I've been writing unit tests to ensure that this is the case.

I came across one particular function recently that had my head scratching. The unit tests I wrote that invoked this particular function all worked yesterday, but then they all broke today. A quick scan through the code highlighted the obvious issue. The function returns the estimated mileage for today, given certain parameters. The function therefore determines what today is (the function is written in C# and so uses DateTime.Now). So obviously the values returned from this function will return different results every day.

Without modifying the code to the function, I was wondering if there was any way to unit test this particular function. The solution I went for in the end was to pass in a default value for today. If no value for today is passed in as a parameter (which is how the function is invoked by the reports) then today is assumed to be....well....today Smile | :) If a value is passed in for today (as is the case with my unit tests) then this value is assumed to be today.

The concern for me was that I had to amend my function to accommodate unit testing. Surely I shouldn't have to amend a function just so it can be unit tested.

Which got me wondering. Is there a way around this particular problem? Are there other scenarios where a change needs to be made to a function to accommodate unit testing?
"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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GeneralWhat's wrong with just being a solid programmer? Pin
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