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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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GeneralOne Googler's War on Javascript Frameworks Pin
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GeneralThe Programmer's Oath (extended version) Pin
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GeneralBalancing general IT knowledge vs. technical expertise Pin
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GeneralRe: Balancing general IT knowledge vs. technical expertise Pin
Slacker00719-Nov-15 2:29
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GeneralRe: Balancing general IT knowledge vs. technical expertise Pin
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GeneralTime for Linus Torvalds to change how he treats people Pin
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GeneralRe: Time for Linus Torvalds to change how he treats people Pin
Slacker00715-Nov-15 2:47
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GeneralProgrammers and engineers Pin
Dominic Burford5-Nov-15 22:04
professionalDominic Burford5-Nov-15 22:04 
Having read the the following article[^] I can't quite make up my mind if the article is simply clickbait or if the author genuinely believes the position they have described. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they are being genuine.

The article certainly is lengthy and the author could easily have made the same point using half the words, but let's forgo that for the time being.

The main gist of the article is that programmer are not engineers and should stop calling themselves engineers (as in software engineers). I think we can all agree that there have been a lot of high profile failings that have been attributed to software failings, especially in the area of data security breaches (I will take huge exception to the example of Volkswagen though. This was an example of corporate fraud mandated by those at the very top of the Volkswagen pyramid, and not the lowly engineers at the bottom).

Those examples aside, to dismiss those people who create software for industries such as aircraft navigation or nuclear power plant safety where mistakes in the software can be fatal is insulting. Or those working in the banking and finance sector who ensure our mortgages get paid on time and that we can get to our money on any high street. I could go on, but the point is that there are a great number of people working in the software industry who develop robust and fault tolerant software. Who use industry best practice and write software of the highest quality as the consequences of doing anything less would be catastrophic.

I'm not sure what underlies the author's stance, but they are wrong. They are perfectly entitled to their opinion, but it is one that I personally do not share.
"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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GeneralDomain Driven Design Quickly Pin
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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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GeneralSeniority and T-shaped Pin
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GeneralBankrupt software development at Volkswagen Pin
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GeneralRe: Bankrupt software development at Volkswagen Pin
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