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Ben Carey, Senior Full-stack Developer in London, United Kingdom
Ben Carey

Senior Full-stack Developer in London, United Kingdom

Member since December 27, 2017
With more than fifteen years' development experience, accompanied by a decade of building and consulting with tech startups, Ben is a seasoned veteran and brings with him an abundance of specialized skills. In addition, he's held the position of vice president of partnerships and product strategy at one of Europe's leading startup accelerators for the past two years. The combination of coding and strategic experience that Ben brings is unrivaled.
Ben is now available for hire

Portfolio

Experience

  • PHP, 15 years
  • JavaScript, 15 years
  • Product Strategy, 14 years
  • SQL, 14 years
  • Pixel Perfect, 13 years
  • Laravel, 4 years
  • Lumen, 3 years
  • Vue.js, 3 years
London, United Kingdom

Availability

Full-time

Preferred Environment

OS X, PhpStorm, DataGrip, BitBucket

The most amazing...

...thing I have coded is my own PHP and JavaScript framework for bootstrapping specialized web and API development.

Employment

  • Founder | CEO | CTO

    2014 - PRESENT
    Bubbla Limited
    • Integrated a customized XMPP chat system (powered by ejabberd).
    • Led, developed, and maintained the direction of the product strategy.
    • Developed the entire web stack and back-end (websites, API, and more).
    • Constructed an efficient importing and connecting system for phone contacts.
    • Built up numerous automated and intelligent marketing systems to self-promote the application.
    • Prepared and implemented pitch decks.
    • Fulfilled typical CEO and CTO responsibilities.
    Technologies: PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Vue.js, Linux, ejabberd, MySQL, Elasticsearch
  • Founder | CEO

    2007 - PRESENT
    Sine Macula MMVIII Limited
    • Conducted the day-to-day running of the company and all internal operations.
    • Formed, managed, and maintained numerous subsidiaries within the company.
    • Designed and developed numerous websites and web platforms.
    • Consulted on over 30 startups.
    • Designed and maintained the company’s server infrastructure.
    • Constructed multiple frameworks used within all of the company’s projects to make development more efficient and to ensure each site meets professional coding and SEO standards.
    Technologies: PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, Linux
  • Vice President of Partnerships and Product Strategy

    2016 - 2018
    E-Man (Global Intermedia Limited)
    • Reviewed, assessed, and vetted all possible startup inquiries (acted as the E-Man panel).
    • Negotiated and closed startup applications (sales).
    • Oversaw and managed the delivery of the creative and engineering milestones for each project.
    • Steered the company into the future by means of reviewing our internal design-and-development process and implementing new systems to ensure efficiency and high quality.
    • Led the brainstorming of the core product strategy for each of the company’s startups (including numerous highly successful startups such as Snatch).
    • Conducted code reviews on all the front-end and back-end web development (APIs included).
    Technologies: PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Linux, MySQL, MongoDB, Elasticsearch
  • Lead Web Engineer

    2012 - 2015
    ManSys Limited
    • Designed and developed each of the company’s websites (external and internal).
    • Migrated the entire company’s desktop software to a web application module by module. This particular software is used by some of the largest company’s around the world to manage their import and export documentation.
    • Managed and maintained the entire company’s server infrastructure.
    • Oversaw and managed all the design work.
    • Refactored and modernized the majority of the company’s database infrastructure.
    Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, SQL Server, HTML, CSS, Linux, Windows Server, Apache, IIS
  • Founder | CEO

    2010 - 2014
    Shout at Night Limited
    • Defined, refined, and maintained the product strategy.
    • Designed the entire web platform, branding, and management system.
    • Developed the entire web stack (websites, API, and more).
    • Managed the company finances.
    • Constructed the fully bespoke management system for the platform (including payment integration).
    Technologies: PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Linux, MySQL
  • Web Developer | Designer | Startup Consultant

    2002 - 2007
    Freelance
    • Founded, ran, and managed numerous startup ventures including the design and development of their respective websites and web platforms; this also included one of my own startups that saw over 100,000 visits in its first week.
    • Consulted on various other startups.
    • Developed numerous websites, web applications, and APIs.
    Technologies: PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Linux, MySQL

Experience

  • Bespoke PHP Framework (Development)

    Before being introduced to Laravel, I must confess I was an "anti-frameworker", I much preferred writing vanilla PHP where I had full control over the entire source. Not to mention, working in this way is one of the things that taught me a lot of what I know now.

    When I began developing larger-scale web platforms, it became apparent that I needed something much more structured, scalable, and maintainable so I set out to develop my own bespoke and optimized PHP-based framework.

    Over the course of five years, this framework was developed and maintained. By the time I was introduced to Laravel, the framework I had built was offering an array of built-in features similar to that of the Laravel framework.

  • Bespoke Extension to the Lumen and Laravel Frameworks (Development)

    A bespoke extension of the Lumen and Laravel frameworks allowing for ultra-fast bootstrapping of extremely optimized and efficient API's and websites.

    99.9% of websites on the market will miss many of the checkboxes that must be checked in order for a website, in my opinion, to be considered professional. This extension, out of the box, ensures that as many of these checkboxes that can be checked are checked.

  • Parameter Parser (Development)

    A custom query parameter parser built on top of Lumen and Laravel to handle filtering of the recordsets returned from the API. This allows developers to define, in the request URI, what they would like returned i.e. limit, order, fields, paging, and more.

  • Viral Project at School (Development)

    Whilst at school, I developed a website that allowed students to share content with their peers. Despite only telling a couple of friends about the site, within twenty-four hours, it had gone viral and students from around the South West of the United Kingdom were posting content almost every minute. At its peak, the site saw over 20,000 visits a day.

  • JavaScript Library API (Development)

    Before Node.js and the likes of Webpack, importing JavaScript files into projects was a little messy. Being a perfectionist, this frustrated me and I decided to develop my own JavaScript API that would allow me to both; have a centralized place for all of my common JavaScript files and only load the ones I require from JavaScript itself. No need for twenty script tags anymore!

Skills

  • Languages

    SCSS, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, SQL, PHP
  • Frameworks

    Laravel, Lumen
  • Libraries/APIs

    Twilio API, API Development, Modernizr, Vue.js, jQuery, Facebook SDK, Node.js
  • Tools

    CloudFlare, Balsamiq Mockups, Apache, PhpStorm, Git, Bitbucket, Jira, Adobe Photoshop, Webpack, DataGrip
  • Paradigms

    Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Clean Code, Responsive Development, Model View Controller (MVC), DevOps, Database Design, Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Unit Testing, Agile
  • Platforms

    DeployHQ, Rackspace Cloud, Web, MacOS, Windows, Amazon Web Services (AWS), CentOS, Ubuntu, Linux
  • Storage

    JSON, MariaDB, MySQL, Redis, Microsoft SQL Server, Memcached, Elasticsearch
  • Other

    Full-stack, APIs, Web Development, Optimization, Pixel Perfect, User Interface (UI), Web Services, Startup Consultation, Product Strategy, User Experience (UX), Product Management, PHP Frameworks, Project Management, IIS, ejabberd, XMPP
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