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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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GeneralWeb application metrics with Application Insight Part 2 Pin
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GeneralWriting flexible code in ASP.NET Core 2.0 Razor Pages Pin
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GeneralPerforming Code Coverage for .NET Core 2.0 applications Pin
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GeneralRe: Performing Code Coverage for .NET Core 2.0 applications Pin
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GeneralRe: Performing Code Coverage for .NET Core 2.0 applications Pin
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GeneralBuilding ASP.NET Core 2.0 web applications Pin
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GeneralObtaining the authentication token returned from Azure AD B2C in ASP.NET Core 2.0 Pin
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GeneralVersioning a .NET Core 2.0 application Pin
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When creating our ASP.NET Core 2.0 application, one of the first tasks I had was to create a build for the application. The build will mature and grow over time and acquire additional tasks (such as unit testing steps, deployments to our Azure web hosting etc). But for the time being, I was only creating the most basic of builds for the application to perform Continuous Integration and to deploy to a testing endpoint.

The first problem I encountered was how to version the application using our Team Foundation Services (TFS) build process. Versioning in .NET Core 2.0 does not work the same way as it does in earlier versions of .NET. So I couldn't just take my previous Powershell script (which I use for versioning my other .NET applications) as it didn't work.

After reading through lots of documentation and StackOverflow posts, I came across a solution that works and which I have now impemented within the build.

Here's a link to a utility called dotnet-setversion[^] that will version your .NET Core 2.0 application. After adding the reference to your project, you simply invoke the utility and pass it the version number as a parameter. I achieved this within our build process by adding a new step which invokes a Windows batch file. This batch file invokes the utility which then versions our application.

Within TFS you have the ability to pass arguments to your Windows batch files. I am passing the build version number $(Build.BuildNumber) as the argument.

I then invoke my Windows batch file (called setversion.bat)

@echo off
cls

ECHO Setting version number to %1

cd <projectFolder>
dotnet restore
dotnet setversion %1
This all works perfectly, and the deployed application assemblies are stamped with the correct version number.
"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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GeneralA cautionary tale of over-confidence in your own opinions Pin
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GeneralWhat lies ahead in 2018 Pin
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GeneralSending emails using Azure Sendgrid service Pin
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GeneralBuilding native enterprise apps is (probably) the wrong approach Pin
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GeneralAppropriate vs Consistent Pin
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GeneralCreating Generic RESTful API Services Pin
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GeneralIs your software team a democracy or a dictatorship? Pin
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GeneralWhen 100% code coverage is not always enough Pin
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GeneralThat's the app in the app stores Pin
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GeneralDefensive Programming Pin
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GeneralMy first year - How time flies Pin
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GeneralShould software architects write code? Pin
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