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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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GeneralSoftware developers - please stop moaning Pin
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GeneralRe: Software developers - please stop moaning Pin
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GeneralThe Role of a Senior Developer Pin
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This article[^ gives a good summary of the stages a professional software developer takes throughout their career. From junior developer right the way trough to senior developer.

What qualities should a senior developer have though? Here are my own qualities that I would expect to see in a senior developer.
  • At least five years working in the industry. Some people say three years is sufficient, some say at least ten. I think it depends on how much variety they have had within that time that is important. Experience from working from a variety of projects using different tools and technologies is the key.
  • This segues nicely into my second point. A senior developer should have a broad range of skills covering areas such as design, requirements and coding. They should be able to apply good business sense to a project. Rather than just using the latest shiny technology, they should be able to pragmatically apply the most appropriate tools and technologies to the project to ensure it meets the customer's expectations.
  • They should possess good design skills. They should have familiarity with design patterns and the SOLID principles.
  • An appreciation of the different lifecycles, and their key strengths and weaknesses. For example, when and why would you use Agile? What is Test-Driven Design and why would you use it?
In summary, a senior developer should have a wide range of knowledge, covering all aspects of the software lifecycle, coupled with a deep understanding of their current tooling. They should be sufficiently experienced that they could mentor a graduate / junior developer.

There are no hard and fast rules, so this list (or indeed any list) of qualities and attributes expected in a senior developer will always be completely subjective, but hopefully this list gives a good starting point.
"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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