Darran JonesAbout

My name is Darran Jones and www.DalSoft.co.uk is my blog.

A little bit more about me

I live in UK with my wife Michelle, currently I have the good fortunate to work for JustGiving.com as a Senior Developer.

I’ve been interested in technology since I can remember and like to spend my spare time learning new technologies. In 1986 when I was 7 I wrote my first line of code on a 48K ZX Spectrum. In the early nineties I had my first PC a 386.

I’ve been using the internet since 1996, the first browser I used was IE3, my development career started around then too writing my first web page in 1997.  1998 – 1999 I developed my first website using ASP and Perl back-ends with HTML and JavaScript front-ends.

I’ve used every version of Windows server and workstation since Windows NT/Windows 3.1. More recently I’ve been getting into Linux (Ubuntu) and open source frameworks.

I’ve been professionally involved in software development for over ten years. This has mainly been web development, but I know my way round a Windows Forms application should the need arise.

Predominantly I develop using MS SQL and the .NET framework  (which I’ve used since beta) using C#. I’m now using .NET 4.0, web development wise I’ve settled on ASP.NET (using MVC instead of Web Forms) and jQuery for client side scripting.

I’ve also been using the awesome Raven DB which I now prefer to MS SQL server. For source control I only use Git.

For testing I mainly use NUnit and Moq, more recently I’ve been experimenting with BDD using  Selenium and  StoryQ.

During the last couple of years, I’ve been involved in persuading companies to embrace Agile XP and open source, my next goal is to persuade a company to use Developer Anarchy.

I’ve had professional experience in the following:

www.dalsoft.co.uk has been my home since 2003 (blogging since 2007) to collaborate, share work and ideas.  This is now the fourth generation of my site.

In 2006 I brought a PSP and was annoyed that I couldn’t stream or sync my Windows Media Player music library with my PSP.  Being in a position to do something about it, I set about developing a solution. My first attempts involved basic streaming functionality, by trying to send RSS podcasts over HTTP. Later I realised that I could host the whole library, search and manage music/playlists using a website hosted on my PC, this opened the possibility of streaming my media over the internet too.

I started experimenting with supporting other devices and found this just meant creating a new handler for the target device.  In 2008 I decided to share my program with others and named the software Apollo.

Please contribute to my site by posting comments.


One Response to “About”

  1. Bojan V. says:

    Great site…i love the tutorials on the MVC topic – really useful tips. Keep up the good work.

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