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Ben Jones

Ben Jones

Cardiff, United Kingdom
Member since February 23, 2017
Ben is a skilled developer who always keeps the user in mind, which allows him to see how beneficial or detrimental a development process can be. He wants to create simple but effective software to reduce workload on all sides and to make employees, employers, and customers happy.
Ben is now available for hire
Portfolio
Experience
  • Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), 4 years
  • SQL, 3 years
  • MongoDB, 2 years
  • Node.js, 2 years
  • Vue.js, 2 years
  • Angular, 2 years
  • JavaScript, 2 years
  • Express.js, 2 years
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Availability
Part-time
Preferred Environment
Mac, VSCode, Git
The most amazing...
...thing I've built was a highly customized sales management program which reduced workload by up to 80%.
Employment
  • MS Word Developer
    2018 - 2018
    Everwill (via Toptal)
    • Created VBA scripts to process documents created via another tool into a consistent format.
    • Ensured Mac for Office compatibility for the script using the VBE interface.
    • Created an installer for MacOS using AppleScript to provide user-friendly ribbon controls for the scripts.
    Technologies: VBA, Office for Mac
  • Freelance Front-end Developer
    2017 - 2018
    MJCZone, Inc. (via Toptal)
    • Set up a server-side rendered Vue app using Nuxt.
    • Added material design using Vuetify.
    • Created an event management system using Vue.
    • Created a public-facing event viewer including registration forms with generated field types based on admin requirements when creating events.
    • Used Vuex to manage global application state and Axios for API requests.
    • Built a plugin based on Sortable.js for drag-n-drop field sorting.
    • Assisted in building a plugin/middleware to dynamically generate breadcrumbs throughout the site that work with Nuxt SSR, can fetch and store data such as an event name using async/await and can be translated using i18n locales.
    Technologies: Vue, Vuetify, Nuxt, Vuex
  • Sales Administrator
    2010 - 2016
    Espex Batteries
    • Created a warehouse organization tool to track item movement.
    • Built a sales processing program which integrated with Microsoft Office.
    • Used web APIs in order to create and track shipping orders.
    • Integrated programs with Sage 50 using Sage ADO.
    • Oversaw quality control of the whole company.
    Technologies: VBA, SQL, HTML
  • Designer
    2007 - 2008
    Signbox Graphics
    • Used CAD software to create vector images for vehicle and shop front signage.
    • Enhanced bitmap images for thermal printing.
    • Printed and assembled signage for a variety of applications.
    • Provided customer support.
    • Arranged and scheduled timescales for projects.
    Technologies: CAD
Experience
  • Territory Assistant (Development)

    An online address database and website with features such as route finding, map generation, and address uploading

  • Roguelike Dungeon Crawler (Development)
    http://codepen.io/BenShelton/full/rjjENE/

    A simple game made using React.

  • Node-NN (Node Neural Network) (Development)
    https://github.com/BenShelton/node-nn

    A simple neural network written in JavaScript for Node.js. I wanted to learn about the core concepts of machine learning, so I decided to build my own from scratch without using any other libraries. This was a tough project to go into without any previous knowledge, but after a lot of research and plenty of trial and error, I finally created a working example.

  • CodePen Profile (Other amazing things)
    http://codepen.io/BenShelton/

    Most small examples of my front-end design work are hosted on CodePen.

  • Creating Server-side Rendered Vue.js Apps Using Nuxt.js (Publication)
    When using a JavaScript framework, your browser doesn't receive a complete page to display. Instead it gets a bunch of pieces and instructions of how to put them all together. It takes a substantial amount of time to put all this information together before your browser actually has something to display. In this article, Toptal Freelance Front-end Engineer Ben Jones introduces us to Nuxt.js, a server-side rendering library for Vue.js, inspired by the popular Next.js for React.js.
Skills
  • Languages
    JavaScript, Sass, CSS3, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), SCSS, HTML5, SQL
  • Frameworks
    Express.js, Vuetify.js, Nuxt.js, Angular, React Native, Redux, AngularJS, Bootstrap
  • Libraries/APIs
    REST API, Node.js, Vue.js, Vuex, jQuery, Socket.IO, React, D3.js
  • Tools
    GitLab, Git, GitHub, Sage 50, BitBucket, Mongoose
  • Storage
    MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL
  • Other
    HTTP, Semantic Versioning
Education
  • MongoDB Certified Developer (Associate Level) in MongoDB Developer
    2017 - 2017
    MongoDB University - MongoDB
  • Certificate in Data Visualization
    2016 - 2017
    FreeCodeCamp - Online
  • Certificate in Front-end Web Development
    2016 - 2017
    FreeCodeCamp - Online
Certifications
  • MongoDB Certified Developer
    JUNE 2017 - PRESENT
    MongoDB Certification Program
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