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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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GeneralProcessing Azure Service Bus messages using an Azure Function Pin
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GeneralThe Structure of an Azure Service Bus message Pin
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GeneralMy Introduction into Service Bus Architecture Pin
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GeneralAdding resilience to your services by implementng a retry pattern Pin
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GeneralAuthenticating Web API services with JSON Web Token Pin
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GeneralDeploying to Azure with Team Foundation Server 2015 Pin
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GeneralCatch me over on Medium for my latest blog posts Pin
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GeneralWeb application metrics with Application Insight Pin
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I began using Application Insights from Microsoft earlier this week and have to admit that I'm pretty impressed with it. Early on during the development cycle when I was implementing our Web API services, I knew I wanted some sort of monitoring tool that would give me regular feedback on various metrics such as the number of requests, response times, availability, failures etc. I initially began looking at Fiddler as this can be automated to provide much of these sorts of metrics. However, these metrics were primarily concerned with HTTP traffic, whereas I also wanted data on availability / performance across varying thresholds.

So I began looking at Application Insights. This is an extensible Application Performance Management service for web applications. It can be used to monitor live web applications to provide diagnostics and performance metrics. Exactly what I was looking for.

Application Insights can be added to your Visual Studio project if you want to write your own customised metrics, or you can simply install the Status Monitor on your server to capture run-time data on your web application. The latter option doesn't require any re-compile or re-deployment to your web application. Simply install and go.

Although our web services are implemented using the ASP.NET stack, Application Insights also works with Node.js and J2EE stacks too. It can be used on-premise or in the cloud, and can be integrated with your devOps process. So it's highly flexible and configurable.

Thus far I've configured metrics for availability, request / response rates, ping tests, failure rates and usage. These can be configured to run as often as necessary. For example, I have my ping tests set to run daily at 5 minute intervals. If there is an interruption to this, then I'll be immediately notified.

This provides real-time metrics and diagnostics on our endpoints, giving us timely and regular feedback on their health. Importantly, it also gives us feedback when we roll out new versions of our web services. Should there be a dip in response times for example, then we will get immediate feedback so we can diagnose the underlying issue, and rollback if necessary.

Application Insights provides exhaustive and extensible monitoring tools for your web applications, and I'm very impressed with how easy it was to configure them. All you need is an Azure account and you're good to go.
"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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GeneralHow to Pick Your Battles on a Software Team Pin
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GeneralComplete 360 Testing Pin
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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
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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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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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