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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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GeneralClearing the Dead Letter Queue on an Azure Service Bus Queue Pin
Dominic Burford16-Jan-17 8:57
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GeneralMigrating ASP.NET Web API services to the Azure platform Pin
Dominic Burford10-Jan-17 2:45
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GeneralProcessing Azure Service Bus messages using an Azure Function Pin
Dominic Burford4-Jan-17 9:10
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GeneralThe Structure of an Azure Service Bus message Pin
Dominic Burford30-Dec-16 3:11
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GeneralMy Introduction into Service Bus Architecture Pin
Dominic Burford21-Dec-16 6:40
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GeneralAdding resilience to your services by implementng a retry pattern Pin
Dominic Burford19-Dec-16 1:10
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GeneralAuthenticating Web API services with JSON Web Token Pin
Dominic Burford13-Dec-16 2:26
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GeneralDeploying to Azure with Team Foundation Server 2015 Pin
Dominic Burford9-Dec-16 2:29
professionalDominic Burford9-Dec-16 2:29 
As part of the process of introducing Continuous Integration (CI) / Continuous Delivery (CD) across the business, I had already configured a build and two releases for our ASP.NET Web API services. These releases were both to on-premise servers. One being a staging server and the other being a production server. As part of the migration to Azure, I had to create a new release that would deploy our services to an Azure endpoint. No problem I thought, as TFS 2015 has an in-built task for this. I duly created the new release, but came across a couple of differences when I queued a release for testing.

The first difference was that the build was failing with an error message stating that the build required a certificate. The certificate authenticates your on-premise TFS 2015 account with your Azure account, thus only allowing authenticated users to deploy into your Azure portal. The necessary details for creating the certificate can all be found in a downloadable XML file from your Azure portal. So I created the certificate and specified its name as part of the Azure Web App Deployment task.

The deployment kept failing however, with an error stating that it could not find the necessary build articles. For deploying to our on-premise servers you specify the build folder (containing the build articles created during your latest build) as the folder from which the deployment should look to find the files it requires. For deployments to Azure you need to specify the location and name of the zip file that the build has created (the deployment package). It took a little investigation to find this out. I couldn't understand why two of our builds deployed without a problem, yet the Azure one kept failing, despite using exactly the same source folder.

I have now got a fully working deployment of our ASP.NET Web API services to Azure runnning under TFS 2015. We still deploy to our on-premise staging and production servers for testing (the term 'production' probably needs to be renamed to something else as Azure is the production endpoint now).

So whilst the process for deploying to Azure are broadly the same, there are some key differences to be wary of that will catch you out.

Looking to the future, I would like to make use of deployment slots and remove our on-premise servers completely. I would therefore need to create development, staging and production slots which would mimic our current deployment process. When you deploy to Azure, you can specify which slot you want to use, so this would be a nice way of deploying to different environments for testing before a deployment to production.
"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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GeneralCatch me over on Medium for my latest blog posts Pin
Dominic Burford7-Dec-16 1:15
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GeneralWeb application metrics with Application Insight Pin
Dominic Burford25-Nov-16 10:03
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GeneralHow to Pick Your Battles on a Software Team Pin
Dominic Burford16-Nov-16 2:33
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GeneralComplete 360 Testing Pin
Dominic Burford27-Oct-16 2:49
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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
Dominic Burford12-Jul-16 9:27
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GeneralMy first app using Telerik Platform Pin
Dominic Burford8-Jul-16 2:23
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GeneralHaving a Mobile Strategy Pin
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GeneralExciting times ahead Pin
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