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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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We've all heard about the full stack developer. That mythical beast who can do it all. Build user-interfaces, write backend business logic and write all the data-definition logic, stored procedures and views. They can do it all. The jack of all trades.

The problem with a full stack developer is that (with few exceptions) they will only be good at some of those aforementioned skills. The reason is that they are diverse and require different skills, a range of skills that very few developers will have. To be able to develop great looking user-interaces, concise and well implemented business logic and peformant data handling code are different skills. It's akin to asking a musician to play guitar, drums and sing. Some musicians can do all of these, but most will specialise in one maybe two. And so it is with software developers.

Most software developers can (and do) have all these skills, but they are rarely great at all of them. It takes time and effort to become skilled at just one of them, never mind all of them. Most companies can't afford UX esperts, backend coders and database admins, so they try to get the best of all worlds by rolling all of these disparate skills into a single developer. Developers are forced to become generalists, rather than specialists

I am far better at design, architecture and writing good quality application code than on creating fantastic looking UIs. Whilst I can create a UI, I won't create one that compares with one that was created by a UX expert. This is the compromise that all full stack develoeprs bring.

This is a hard lesson that many businesses don't seem to want to hear. Until they do, there will always be a demand for the mythical full stack developer.
"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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