Ben Homnick

Ben Homnick

Taipei, Taiwan
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Ben Homnick

Ben Homnick

Taipei, Taiwan
Member since August 5, 2013
Ben is a freelance Python, iO,S and front-end developer with over 10 years of experience designing and developing applications for a diverse range of clients including venture-backed startups like OpenSky and Shopflick, large corporations including Microsoft, and educational institutions such as the University of Michigan.
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  • Python, 10 years
  • Django, 10 years
  • Backbone.js, 6 years
  • Less, 6 years
  • HTML5, 6 years
  • Flask, 5 years
  • React.js, 2 years
  • iOS, 3 years
Taipei, Taiwan
Preferred Environment
Mac, Linux, Git, BBEdit, XCode
The most amazing... I've built is a Twitter-based traffic aggregator that provided real-time updates to users all around the world.
  • Managing Director
    Azure Interactive, LLC
    2006 - PRESENT
    • Founded a small web development, design, and consulting company.
    • Responsible for managing several clients.
    • Provided custom ecommerce, web design, and other development services geared toward small businesses.
    • Responsible for all aspects of a project such as proposals, design, development, project management, documentation, and support.
    Technologies: Python, PHP, Django, Flask, iOS, JavaScript, PostgreSQL, LESS, Backbone.js
  • Lead Developer
    Dressed Salads HK
    2013 - 2015
    • Designed and developed an web-based ordering system for all of Dressed's HK locations.
    • Localized site content and layout to Chinese.
    • Developed HTML5-based mobile applications for tablet/smartphone.
    • Integrated payment processing features, handling almost $1M HKD worth of transactions within first 6 months after launch.
    Technologies: Python, Django, LESS, Backbone.js, PostgreSQL
  • Senior Developer
    Construct Digital
    2013 - 2014
    • Developed core features for the Symplfy UAE car portal.
    • Wrote external vendor integration tools via the SharePoint lists service API.
    Technologies: Python, Django, MySQL
  • Senior Developer
    Bread Retail Software and Systems
    2012 - 2014
    • Analyzed DB performance issues and made query optimization and indexing recommendations, in many cases increasing performance by a factor of 10.
    • Implemented DB replication for in-store POS and web-based ordering systems.
    • Integrated automatic build and deployment processes.
    • Administered several linux-based servers, managing separate staging and production environments.
    Technologies: Python, Django, PostgreSQL
  • VP of Engineering
    Genie Capital, Ltd.
    2011 - 2012
    • Led a team of 8 engineers in the development of Python-based, large-scale social networking software.
    • Defined company-wide engineering best practices including source control, unit testing, build processes, project management, and code style.
    • Worked within a Chinese-speaking team.
    • Represented company at trade events both in Taiwan and abroad.
    • Made key architecture and technology platform decisions.
    Technologies: Python, Erlang, JavaScript, MongoDB, Redis, Django
  • Developer
    University of Michigan
    2005 - 2006
    • Designed, developed and maintained web-based tools designed to improve accessibility to engineering classroom facilities.
    • Developed web-based software to record lectures and make streaming videos publicly available online.
    • Redesigned the UM technology guide website, a directory of classroom technology facilities published for students and faculty.
    • Troubleshot equipment failures and provided on-site support to university faculty.
    Technologies: PHP, SQL, HTML, CSS
  • Dressed On-the-go (Development)

    Built an online ordering system for the popular HK salad franchise. Since February 2013, On-the-go has handled over $500,000 HKD worth of transactions and is now being used across all of Dressed's five Hong Kong locations.

  • Allclasses (Development)

    Allclasses is the world's largest search engine for local and online classes. Apart from significant backend and frontend web development work, I was responsible for the entire iOS app development cycle.

  • Global Leadership Adventures (Development)

    Designed and built an online application and student registration system, allowing GLA to process thousands of applications and manage trips from one central location.

  • Expat Workforce (Development)

    Responsible for the entire development cycle--from design and architecture to coding, testing, and QA.

  • Languages
    Python, SQL, JavaScript, Less, PHP, HTML5, Objective-C, Erlang
  • Frameworks
    Django, Flask, Laravel, iOS SDK, CakePHP
  • Libraries/APIs
    Backbone.js, jQuery, Yelp API, React.js, Facebook API, Facebook iOS SDK
  • Platforms
    Mac, Linux, iOS
  • Tools
    Xcode, Adobe Fireworks, Git, SVN, Adobe Photoshop
  • Storage
    PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch
  • Paradigms
    Test-driven Development (TDD), Functional programming
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) degree in Computer Science Engineering
    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan
    2004 - 2009
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