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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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GeneralKeeping your skills up-to-date (sharpening your axe) Pin
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GeneralTruths about software development Part III Pin
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GeneralStaying current vs improving knowledge Pin
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GeneralBankrupt software development at Volkswagen Pin
Dominic Burford21-Sep-15 22:08
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In light of the recent Volkswagen emissions scandal[^], it has been reported that the smart software that is loaded into the Volkswagen cars was responsible for the cars deliberately reducing their emissions when under test conditions. This calls into question the ethics of the software engineers who were responsible for making such changes to the software. They deliberately and knowingly subjugated the software so that it would return misleading results when under test conditions, and thus give false and invalid readings.

I have written about ethics in our profession previously[^] To be considered a profession we need to act like professionals.

It almost goes without saying that you expect this kind of underhand behaviour from boardroom CEOs and their kin, but this is unexpected behaviour from our industry. They were complicit in the scandal that is now facing their employer. They quite simply have no excuse for what they did.

They must surely have known what they were doing was wrong, but went ahead anyway. Saying they were under orders to make the necessary changes is no excuse either (the Auschwitz defense). Maybe if they had taken a stand and refused to make the changes to the software that was asked of them, this whole sorry mess could have been avoided.
"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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