Journal

Coders Are Creatives Not Factory Workers

July 19, 2019

Writing code is a creative process. Very few employers understand this and it has a hugely negative impact on development projects and developers. We need to change this damaging misconception.

Work Culture

Resilient Management Book Review

July 16, 2019

The shift from developer to manager is a challenging one, requiring a completely different set of skills. Resilient management by Lara Hogan is full of ideas and tools to help team leaders whether they are new to the role or experienced.

Work Culture

British Cycling Masters National Track Cycling Championships 2019 Report

July 10, 2019

I had lots of work related stress coming into this championships so I put no pressure on myself to perform. I just tried to enjoy the racing and that paid off with a new best performance in the points race.

Cycling

The Joy and Pain of the Team Pursuit

November 26, 2016

The team pursuit is my favourite track event, nothing matches the excitement that comes from travelling at such high speeds inches from the wheel. When it goes well it feels like being part of the perfect cycling machine.

Cycling

UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships 2016 Report

November 1, 2016

I did not have the best build up to the UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships 2016. A week of diarrhoea and stomach cramps isn't what you want as you try and build form for a major event. It proved to be a week of highs and lows.

Cycling

Bont Vaypor Plus Review

December 30, 2014

Bont seem to be the Marmite of cycling shoes. They have a distinct design philosophy and promise customisable fit through heat mouldable carbon construction. This is a report on my experiences with their top end road shoe.

Cycling

Garmin Edge 510 Review

October 1, 2014

There are numerous reviews of the 510 but they do not really cover using it with a power meter, and an SRM in particular. Recent fireware updates have addressed the ability to stop auto zero offset and have added some really useful metrics that are incredibly useful in training.

Cycling

Rapha Kit Review

October 1, 2014

Rapha is unashamedly expensive, claiming to provide the best in technical fabrics and design for cycling. Are you just paying a premium to be in an exclusive club or does it actually live up to the hype?

Cycling

Command query separation with ASP.NET MVC

September 1, 2014

I have been struggling for some time to find an application architecture for ASP.NET MVC that both respects SOLID principles and is also quick and simple to use. Is the command query pattern the answer?

CodeApplication Development

SimpleDatastore

January 19, 2014

For quick projects I wanted a lightweight persistence solution that had no reliance on a relational database. There are options out there like RavenDB but I wanted something even quicker so I created SimpleDatastore. It uses attributes on domain entities to control persistence and stores the data in XML file and is available on NuGet.

CodeApplication Development

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Server-side development techniques and tools using .NET and C#.

Code (2)

All aspects of web development, covering both back end and front end, methodologies and digital agency working practices.

Cycling (6)

Cycling product reviews, racing reports for my track and time trial racing and general bike porn.

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Thoughts on work culture and practices, wellbeing and being a healthy and high performing human.