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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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GeneralConsuming a private nuget feed in an Azure DevOps build pipeline Pin
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GeneralBuild a Xamarin.Forms iOS mobile app using Azure DevOps Pin
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GeneralDeploy a Mobile app to Azure using Azure DevOps Pin
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GeneralSetting up my first build pipeline with Azure DevOps Pin
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GeneralChoosing a mobile application development platform Pin
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Having developed several mobile apps and deployed them to both the Google Play and Apple Store, we have been forced to re-write the apps. The reason we have to re-write our apps is due to the fact that our development platform - Telerik Platform - has been retired. The reasons are probably so that they can focus their development efforts on their other cross-platform mobile technology - Nativescript.

That leaves us in the position of having our app in the app stores, but with no means by which to update them. We can update the RESTful services used by the apps as these are completely separate to the apps (thank goodness for good architecture), but we can't make any changes to the apps themselves. That puts us in a slightly vulnerable position, as we can't respond to customer suggestions or changes in market forces (or even change the branding / look and feel).

We have therefore been forced to re-evaluate the technologies that are available to us for developing the mobile apps. We have looked at several technologies. I have previously written why I think Building native enterprise apps is (probably) the wrong approach[^]. In relation to enterprise apps, there is very little (if any) benefit to going native (longer development cycles, greater expense, bigger teams with bigger skill sets, little overall benefit). Cross-platform therefore is the only approach on the table.

We firstly looked at NativeScript (the natural successor of Telerik Platform) as both are owned by Progress. This looked like a great development platform. Progress have made big strides in trying to ease the migration path of existing Telerik Platform users to their newer NativeScript platform. You can choose from Javascript, Angular or Typescript as the language in which to build your apps. It comes with a companion application called Sidekick to simplify many of the development processes. Has the support of a large community and backed by Progress (giving peace of mind). Also, it rendered native components on the device making it a truly cross-platform development environment.

The only other alternative that I considered seriously was Xamarin. I have used this previously (before the Microsoft acquisition) and so was already familiar with it. I was intrigued as to how it may have changed since the Microsoft acquisition. The first thing I noticed when looking through the documentation and examples was the tight integration with Azure. We already make substantial use of Azure with our other mobile and web apps, so it great to see the same design philosophy applied to Xamarin. In fact, the overall architecture used by Xamarin is not too dissimilar to the one I developed for our existing apps and current web app. This was a huge benefit to us right out the box, as I was already familar with the architecture and the key moving parts to building a mobile app with Xamarin. Like NativesScript, Xamarin also renders truly native components on the device.

I spent considerable time looking at both offerings, as well as taking into consideration the skill set of the team. In the end we have decided to go with Xamarin. I am far more familiar with C# and Azure (as well as the architecture of their apps) and this played a part in the final decision. Nativescript would have required us to learn Typescript. Although this is not necessarily a barrier on its own, the reality is that I will be up and running far quicker with Xamarin than compared to NativeScript.
"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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GeneralExecuting an AJAX request from an ASP.NET Core querystring parameter Pin
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GeneralBuilding a Document Manager with ASP.NET Core 2.1 Pin
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GeneralReducing the surface area of the client Pin
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GeneralUnderstanding what you're doing Pin
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GeneralSetting environments in ASP.NET Core Pin
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GeneralCreating a zipped deployment for an ASP.NET Core web application Pin
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GeneralI’m turning into a Microsoft fanboy Pin
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GeneralAdding a confirmation dialog to an ASP.NET Core 2.0 form page handler Pin
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GeneralUploading a file in ASP.NET Core 2.0 Pin
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GeneralASP.NET Core 2.0 Razor Page Handlers Pin
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GeneralMocking the HttpContext Session object in ASP.NET Core 2.0 Pin
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GeneralUsing ViewComponents in ASP.NET Core 2.0 Pin
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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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