I am a software developer, engineering coach, hands-on agile coach, community organizer for PhillyXP, blogger, and speaker with 18+ years of experience creating and delivering high quality software. I have specific expertise in:
I’m passionate about eXtreme Programming (XP) principles, Test-driven development (TDD), and pair programming. I am a strong believer in Software Craftsmanship and a lifelong student always trying to improve my craft. I believe code quality is not subjective or a matter of preference. I enjoy mentoring and coaching developers specifically about code quality, unit testing, and Test-driven development.
I graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Computer Science. I currently work for eMoney Advisor in Radnor, PA. You can learn more about me here.
I’ve often heard developers declare that unit testing doesn’t work only to discover a test suite full of complex, brittle, and unmaintainable tests. Fortunately, with a focus on readability and simplicity, bad test suites can be rehabbed, becoming accelerators for development teams. TDD Every time I discuss high-quality unit tests I also encourage practicing TDD. It prevents a significant number of issues that arise when developers try to cover bad code in tests. I am a firm believer that you cannot write good tests for bad code. Unfortunately, testing after the code is written, often…
Here are a few projects I have worked on in my free time:
A ruby iTunes library parser using Nokogiri.
A .NET Web API app (using my Lastfm.NET library) with an AngularJS / Bootstrap front end. It displays the last 25 songs I’ve listened to as well as my top 25 artists.
A .NET client for the Last.fm REST API.
A C# implementation utilizing LINQ-to-XML. Parses an iTunes library file into a collection of track objects.
If you’d like to see some other things I’m working on you can view my github account.
Drop me a line if I can help your development organization, help you with your product, or you just want to talk about music!