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Garrison Benson, Software Developer in Rogers City, MI, United States
Garrison Benson

Software Developer in Rogers City, MI, United States

Member since January 25, 2017
Garrison is a full-stack Python/Django developer with nine years of experience in Python and over fifteen in web development. He's an organized, independent worker; a clear communicator; and a fast and eager learner of any tool or tech stack. Garrison loves finding win-win solutions to real problems, creating effective synergy between perfectionism and practicality.
Garrison is now available for hire



  • HTML, 17 years
  • Linux, 13 years
  • Python, 9 years
  • JavaScript, 4 years
  • Responsive Layout, 2 years
  • Test-driven Development (TDD), 2 years
  • Django REST Framework, 1 year
  • Django, 1 year
Rogers City, MI, United States



Preferred Environment

Linux, Atom, Git

The most amazing...

...thing I've coded is a simple yet surprising evolution simulator that let me watch little virtual creatures differentiate into species.


  • Freelance Web Developer

    2015 - PRESENT
    • Developed responsive websites for clients.
    • Worked with clients to recommend appropriate hosting platforms and technology stacks.
    • Provided technical support.
    Technologies: Python, Django, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Foundation, WordPress, PHP
  • Help Center Associate

    2008 - 2010
    Hope College Department of Computer Science
    • Tutored computer science students in a variety of courses.
    • Offered support on projects and homework assignments covering Java and many other technologies.
    • Offered support with discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science.
    Technologies: Java, Swing, Python, C#, SQL, C++, HTML
  • Software Development Intern

    2009 - 2009
    • Developed software and front- and back-ends of a SaaS web application for logistics management.
    • Contributed to a wide range of assorted R&D projects.
    • Worked with a large Agile development team using project management and bug tracking software.
    • Researched and developed a proposal for a content management system for internal company use.
    • Performed data analysis and manipulation over a large logistics dataset.
    Technologies: Java, JSP, SQL, Flex, PHP, JIRA
  • Software Developer/Researcher

    2007 - 2008
    Hope College Department of Computer Science
    • Developed a user interface for teachers to quickly and easily input data about their educational assessments.
    • Performed iterations of a mockup for usability design and testing.
    • Wrote regression tests for desktop e-textbook software.
    • Worked closely with small teams of developers.
    • Presented research on the development of a database of educational assessments.
    Technologies: Java, Swing, GWT


  • (Development)

    Website developed for a small non-profit urban farm. WordPress, WooCommerce, Bootstrap, PHP, HTML/CSS/JS.

  • Inspiration Forge Blog Engine (Development)

    Blog engine created with Python 3, Django, Postgres, Bootstrap 3, Gunicorn, Heroku, and Amazon AWS S3, using test-driven development.


  • Languages

    Python 3, HTML, Python, SQL, HTML5, Java, JavaScript, CSS3, CSS, Markdown
  • Frameworks

    Django, Bootstrap, Jinja, ZURB Foundation, Django REST Framework, Bootstrap 3+, Flask
  • Paradigms

    Responsive Layout, Test-driven Development (TDD)
  • Tools

    Git, Atom
  • Platforms

    Linux, Linux Mint, Heroku, Ubuntu, WordPress
  • Libraries/APIs

    Requests, jQuery, Beautiful Soup
  • Storage

    AWS S3, PostgreSQL
  • Other

    Gunicorn, Python Social Auth


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science
    2006 - 2010
    Hope College - Holland, MI, USA
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