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I am a professional software engineer and technical architect with over twenty 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 am also an avid cyclist who enjoys reading, listening to music and travelling.

 

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GeneralBlog updates Pin
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GeneralPublishing events into an ASP.NET Core webhook with Octopus Pin
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GeneralA quick update Pin
Dominic Burford2-Nov-20 9:33
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It's been a while since I wrote my last article, so apologies for that. I'm sure like many of you, it's been a very busy time. Since writing my last article, I've changed jobs (which I alluded to in my last aticle[^]

The last few months have been like a whirlwind. I made the tough decision to leave my last job and have been busy settling into my new job. I've been here for a couple of months now and thoroughly enjoying it. They're a software house who create a fully customisable web based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application. The tech stack is as follows:

- Visual Studio (.NET Core, .NET Framework, Web API)
- Git workflow in conjunction with Azure DevOps for source control
- SQL Server
- TeamCity build system
- Octopus deployment system (of which they make extensive use as they deploy to their hosted customers as well as many of their on-premise customers too).

They also use Jira when planning their work requirements and for defect tracking.

They build all their own internal tools (such as tools for managing their hosted / on-premise customers). This is where I come in. My role is responsible for building these internal tools. My first project has been to build an application that is capable of synchronising customer licences with their hosted licensing system (another internal tool).

It's been challenging settling in as many of the team work remotely (either entirely or partly). So getting to know the team and form those all important relationships has not been easy. This will be the same for anyone starting a new role so is certainly not unique to my own circumstances. That said, the team have all been very welcoming and have made every effort to answer my questions when I've had them.

With the next lockdown now imminent, I will be working from home myself very soon. I've setup the small spare room (which previously was my man-cave) into an office (complete with desk and chair). If I'm going to work from home, I may as well do it properly.

So I have lots of new things to learn, and lots of new challenges ahead (and lots of future aticles to write). Hopefully it won't be so long till I write my next article (but I'm not making any promises). Until then however, stay safe.
"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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GeneralHow do you know when it's time to move on? Pin
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GeneralInitial thoughts on deploying with Octopus Pin
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GeneralWhat makes for a good DevOps process? Pin
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GeneralExecuting async code from non async code Pin
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GeneralPassing dynamic queries between client and backend server Pin
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GeneralManaging your Azure resources using Powershell scripting Pin
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GeneralIntroduction to Azure Cognitive Search Pin
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GeneralUpdating the version number in your .NET build pipeline Pin
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GeneralFinding a solution to an Azure web app deployment problem Pin
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GeneralStructured Logging Pin
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GeneralEnabling TLS 1.2 on your .NET application Pin
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GeneralThe new version of the app is (almost) ready for release Pin
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GeneralChunking your lists into multiple smaller lists Pin
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GeneralWriting flexible filters for your data using Predicates Pin
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GeneralRe: Writing flexible filters for your data using Predicates Pin
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GeneralRe: Writing flexible filters for your data using Predicates Pin
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GeneralBlocking Asynchronous Code Pin
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GeneralDesigning and implementing flexible RESTful services Pin
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GeneralWriting asynchronous code with .NET Pin
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GeneralWeird Minification Behaviour in ASP.NET Core Pin
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GeneralThe Importance of Structure and Dilligence Pin
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GeneralWhen should you rewrite that legacy application? Pin
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