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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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GeneralLet's stop talking about quality Pin
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GeneralCoding without a safety net Pin
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This article[^] describes how software engineers at Yahoo have moved away from using QA teams, and do all their own testing.

This rings alarm bells. Whilst I agree that increasing the level of quality from the development team is a smart move, I can't see how removing the QA team leads to an increase in software quality.

Unit testing was never meant to replace QA, it is a tool to give the developer the ability to exercise their code so they could automate it and run it under various scenarios and edge cases to ensure it handled them all correctly.

But that's not the whole story. As a web developer, my UI needs to be consistent with the rest of the application and I need to handle failures and omissions in a consistent manner for example. Having my code tested by a domain expert who has vastly greater knowledge of the domain area will ensure that my code enforces all the domain rules.

Having your code tested by an independent QA team isn't rocket science. It gives a level of verification above and beyond what a developer can achieve on their own.

Are Yahoo's software engineers coding without a safety net or without a clue? Only time will tell.
"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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GeneralBalancing 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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GeneralKeeping your skills up-to-date (sharpening your axe) Pin
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