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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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GeneralPassing a list of items to a SQL stored procedure Pin
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GeneralSoftware development is like plumbing Pin
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GeneralVersioning a .NET Core 2.2 application Pin
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GeneralUsing tags with push notifications from Azure Notification Hub Pin
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GeneralSending Push Notifications with Azure Notification Hub Pin
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In the latest version of the Xamarin Forms app that I am working on, we wanted to send push notifications to the devices. There were a couple of approaches that we could have taken. The key ones being Twilio (which we are already using for sending SMS messages) and Azure Notification Hub. After some initial exploration, the clear choice was Azure Notification Hub. Unsurprisingly it had tight integration with Xamarin Forms and the Microsoft ecosystem, and was very straight-forward to configure and get working.

There were also very good examples of how to make the necessary code changes to the respective Android and iOS projects to ensure we got this working quickly.

The beauty of working with Azure Notification Hub, is that this abstracts us away from the underlying details of the Android and iOS platforms. Instead, once we had made the necessary configurations and setup changes to enable push notifications for each platform, we then integrated the platform specific push notification engines into Azure Notification Hub. From this point onwards, we only have to work with Azure Notification Hub. This gives us a far simpler and cleaner abstraction onto our notification setup.

It is very simple to setup and send test push notifications to your registered devices using Azure Notification Hub. We have also intergrated App Center event tracking for all device registrations and sending of push notifications. This gives us a helicopter view of what our code is doing under the hood, and to help us diagnosing any errors should they arise.

The step-by-step tutorials I used can be found here[^].

So if you're looking to implement push notifications in your mobile app, give Azure Notification Hub a try.
"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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GeneralThe latest version of our app nears completion Pin
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GeneralUsing Javascript to retrieve values from a Xamarin Forms WebView Pin
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GeneralUsing the MVVM pattern with a Xamarin Forms mobile app Pin
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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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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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GeneralAdding a confirmation dialog to an ASP.NET Core 2.0 form page handler Pin
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