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Benjamin Roth

Benjamin Roth

Nice, France
Member since August 15, 2013
Benjamin is a skilled developer and consultant with technical expertise in Ruby, RoR, JavaScript, jQuery, and AngularJS as well as a thorough understanding of test-driven development. He has developed numerous successful Rails solutions and seeks the opportunity to ply his skills in programming as well as advising and guiding teams of developers.
Benjamin is now available for hire
  • jQuery, 7 years
  • JavaScript, 7 years
  • Ruby, 7 years
  • Ruby on Rails (RoR), 7 years
  • AngularJS, 3 years
Nice, France
Preferred Environment
The most amazing...
...thing I've accomplished, is being ranked No. 2 in the all-time list for Rails questions on StackOverflow.
  • Owner
    2010 - PRESENT
    • Led the company in maintaining the right balance between effectiveness and excellence.
    • Built a large Rails app split between independent and flexible services.
    • Created numerous APIs for internal JavaScript apps and external clients needs.
    • Refactored cluttered legacy applications to achieve compatibility with regressions tests.
    • Helped teams to find adapted ways to better work together.
    Technologies: Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, CoffeeScript
  • CTO
    2016 - 2017
    • Built product from scratch.
    • Managed the engineering team.
    Technologies: Ruby, Rails, Angular
  • Lead Developer
    Unite us
    2013 - 2016
    • Built a full single-page app with Angular.
    • Managed the engineering team.
    • Kept in constant communication with the product owner to discuss next steps.
    Technologies: Ruby, Rails, Angular
  • Lead Engineer
    2011 - 2013
    • Led the entire IT team.
    • Reviewed the code of all team members before integration.
    • Determined the whole application architecture.
    • Created a variety of independent services including extracting and processing text files, an adapted admin interface, and gathering business KPIs.
    • Integrated payment interfaces.
    • Integrated services including the Microsoft Word API.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, MongoDB
  • CTO
    2009 - 2010
    • Led a team of 12 developers as CTO.
    • Worked hand in hand with the business and communication sections of the company.
    • Distributed tasks, organized sprints.
    • Developed the website search engine (backed by sphynx).
    • Integrated social APIs including Facebook and LinkedIn.
    Technologies: PHP, Symfony
  • StackOverflow Contributions (Other amazing things)

    Helped people to solve technical issues over the course of several years under the username "apneadiving."

  • Ruby Book (Other amazing things)

    In the book, I demonstrate how to model an application around service objects. I describe a layer of abstraction which significantly improves code readability, testability, and maintenance. I’m paying a particular attention to error handling, which is one of the key subjects of the book.

  • Blog Posts on Medium (Other amazing things)

    Miscellaneous tricks and thoughts about code.

  • Unite us (Development)

    Made the whole app, its services, and its subdomains (includes several single-page apps backed by Angular/Rails)

  • Open Source: Gmaps4rails (Development)

    This is a gem that I created to facilitate Google Maps integration in Rails. It has been downloaded over 200k times, and now has an extensive community taking care of its maintenance and ensuring Q&A.

  • Textmaster (Development)

    Was in charge of the whole development (Rails + JS), leading the engineering team.

  • Languages
    JavaScript, CoffeeScript, Ruby
  • Frameworks
    AngularJS, Ruby on Rails (RoR)
  • Libraries/APIs
    jQuery, LinkedIn API, Facebook API, Google Maps
  • Platforms
    Mac OS
  • Storage
    PostgreSQL, Memcached, NoSQL, MongoDB, MySQL
  • Misc
  • Master of Science in Engineering degree in Applied Mathematics, Optimization
    ENSTA - Paris, France
    2008 - 2010
  • Master of Science in Engineering degree in Management, Acoustics
    Naval Academy - France
    2001 - 2004
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