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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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GeneralGetting the Most Out of Your Unit Tests Pin
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GeneralBuilding a strong development team Pin
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GeneralLast pieces of the mobile app in the Web API puzzle Pin
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GeneralSerializing .NET types that contain DateTime Pin
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GeneralClearing the Dead Letter Queue on an Azure Service Bus Queue Pin
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GeneralMigrating ASP.NET Web API services to the Azure platform Pin
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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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There are obviously many different ways you could design the messages intended to be sent to / from your Azure Service Bus queue. So after some consideration I came up with the following design for a service bus message.
/// <summary>
/// POCO class used for message exchange with the Azure Service Bus
/// </summary>
public class MessageObjectEntity
    public string MessageType { get; set; }
    public object MessageContent { get; set; }
The MessageType property defines the type of the object that is contained within the message. MessageContent defines the actual object itself. This will be a serialised instance of the class which can then be deserialized when it is received by the receiving application. To allow different types of classes to be added to the message you need to add it as a KnownType().

For example to add instances of MyNewClass to your message you will need to add the following to your class declaration.
Here's a function that uses the MessageObjectEntity class to send messages to the service bus.
/// <summary>
/// Creates a message for the service bus
/// </summary>
/// <typeparam name="T"></typeparam>
/// <param name="message"></param>
/// <returns></returns>
private static MessageObjectEntity CreateMessageForServiceBus<T>(T message)
    return new MessageObjectEntity
        MessageType = message.GetType().AssemblyQualifiedName,
        MessageContent = message
The method uses Generics enabling the function to work with any object type, therefore allowing our code to send messages of any type to the service bus. We have basically wrapped our message inside another class, and it is this class that we send / receive from the service bus. So as far as our service bus code is concerned, the messages are always of the same type i.e. MessageObjectEntity. It's down to the receiving application to know what class is wrapped inside MessageObjectEntity so that it can deserialise it. And it knows what the type is as this is defined by the property MessageType from earlier.

And finally here's the calling code that invokes our method and adds our message to the service bus.
using Microsoft.ServiceBus.Messaging;

MessageObjectEntity messageToSend = CreateMessageForServiceBus(message);
BrokeredMessage brokeredMessage = new BrokeredMessage(messageToSend);
await this._client.SendAsync(brokeredMessage);
N.B. you will need to ensure you have downloaded the Nuget package for Azure Service Bus messaging before you can instantiate the BrokeredMessage class.

The instance property _client is an instance of the QueueClient class, which is the agent that communicates with your service bus queue.
private QueueClient GetServiceBusClient(string connection, string queuename)
    return this._client ??
           (this._client = QueueClient.CreateFromConnectionString(connection, queuename, ReceiveMode.PeekLock));
Sending messages to your service bus is straight-forward. Of course, you can implement something completely different to what I am proposing here. This is the design I have come up with that meets our requirements and fits into our existing architecture.

I'll discuss how I process messages on the Azure Service Bus in a future article.
"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 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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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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