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I started working as a software developer in 1983 shortly after leaving college (analyst/programmer it was called then). By 1987 I had used 5 languages (Basic, Fortran, Cobol, C and Dibol) and was at director level of a small insurance broker software house in Burnley.

I have worked for myself since leaving ACT Financial Systems (part of Apricot computer) in 1990, mainly with Oracle and SQL/Server applications and since 2003 with VB.NET and C#, including Winforms, Webforms, EF, Openaccess, Sitefinity, WCF and some client side. I have recently added MVC and WPF to this. My aim in coming months and years is to further improve the newest skills in my toolbox and to continue to create really useful software for business by focussing on the benefits first as always.

I have worked on a many projects over the years in a wide variety of industries, all designed to give business benefits in terms of information, money or time savings.

This blog is intending to cover software architecture, design, coding and testing at its core, however I will include other related things for developers that I think may be of interest. One of the main criteria being if it takes me a longer than expected time to find/work something out during my day to day work, its a candidate for inclusion in this blog. I hope you find this blog useful.

More information can be found at my About Me page and the reason for this blog on the first post I made in January 2015.

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