Ben Alt

ben.r.alt@gmail.com me@benalt.net 718-764-3545

6908 Poncha Pass Austin, TX 78749

 

Qualifications

Battle-tested experience with the most current trends in Front-End Development, including adaptive/responsive design, progressive enhancement, advanced stylesheet compilation, and javascript-driven client-side applications.

A wide breadth of experience implementing software development best practices such as continuous integration, build and release automation, Agile-based project planning, and generation of custom tools for client side technologies.

Expertise developing sustainable, maintainable code. An understanding of what is possible and feasible, when it comes to producing sites that need to work in real-life situations and be maintained by developers who may not be familiar with the most current trends.

A great deal of hands-on experience with a broad set of presentation-layer and web app technologies. An appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Wide ranging experience in design practices and principles, including user research, design discovery, information architecture and styeguide definition.

Experience leading development teams and generating project plans that are achievable and realistic while maintaining proper work-life balance.

A deep desire to produce the best possible experiences for all users.

Technologies

Extensive Experience with:

Web Stack : JavaScript (Module pattern-based, Object Oriented & Traditional), HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3, various CSS css preprocessing tools (LESS, SASS), Mobile Browsers, jQuery, Backbone.Js, Underscore.js, AJAX, DOM Scripting. Programming Design Patterns.

Back-end : Ruby on Rails

Adobe Flash Stack : ActionScript 3, Flex, AIR

Process and Frameworks : Agile Methodology, Git, Subversion, Apache ANT, PureMVC,

Very Good knowledge of:

Phonegap, Node.js, Non-jQuery JavaScript Frameworks (MooTools, Prototype, etc.), , CI Systems (TeamCity, Hudson, etc.), Microsoft Silverlight/WPF, C#, XML, XSLT, Unit testing and TDD

Good knowledge of

UNIX/Bash, Rails, CVS, MySQL

Experience

Vox Media Inc. - Austin 12/2011 - Pres

Senior Front-end Engineer

  1. Primary developer of the racked.com site. Work included a great deal of full-stack engineering, in addition to substantial front-end work. Redesign took a radically short time frame for development unprecedented at Vox Media, given the size of the team and scope of work. The site launched on time, virtually bug-free.
  2. Lead the front-end development of a full redesign and reintegration of eater.com. Work included a substantial JavaScript(Backbone) web application that featured responsive design and Google Maps API integration.
  3. Established modular front-end framework for redesign of flagship product, which supported over 320 sites.
  4. Defined and built a fully adaptive/responsive, aggressive front end design that supports mobile, tablet and desktop browsers with the same front-end code.

Salsa Labs Inc. - Austin 9/2011 - 11/2011

Senior Web Developer

  1. Lead Client-Side Architect for user management software.

Frog Design Inc. - New York/Austin 12/2007 - 9/2011

Senior Software Engineer

  1. jQuery-based component libraries
  2. Build Engineering
  3. Phonegap-based HTML5 applications
  4. Embedded Flash applications
  5. Extensive Flash, and AIR application development using PureMVC, Carimgorm and other custom frameworks
  6. Development of sample front-end code for use by integration and deployment teams for web and mobile applications
  7. Prototype Silverlight application development to support user testing and design efforts
  8. Technical advisement to various projects, including research and recommendation of RIA platforms in a number of situations as well as the vetting and validation of visual designs

Clients:

  • HP
  • AT&T
  • Sprint
  • SanDisk
  • American Express
  • Qualcomm
  • Logitech
  • Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Other NDA-covered work
 

R/GA Inc. - New York 8/2007 - 12/2007

Senior Presentation Code Developer

  1. Development and implementation of template HTML, JavaScript, CSS

Clients:

  • Goldman Sachs

Avenue A | Razorfish Inc. - New York 10/2006 - 8/2007

Senior Presentation Layer Developer

  1. Development and implementation of production HTML, JavaScript, CSS and JSP
  2. Conception and development of a JavaScript application to support design and code standards
  3. Leadership of planning sessions to define project scope and goals

Clients:

  • Condé Nast Publications
  • Healing the Divide

Frog Design Inc. - New York 3/2004 - 10/2006

Design Technologist

  1. Development of a system for HTML production to support rapid deployment cycles and moving-target designs
  2. Design, architecture and development of application prototypes in Flash, HTML, XML and other technologies for use in pitch work, user testing and design approval processes
  3. Development, architecture and continued maintenance of General Electric's brand guidelines for the web, print and other media
  4. Leadership of training sessions for clients on current web technologies, including CSS, OO JavaScript, Web Standards, etc.

Clients:

  • GE
  • Virgin Mobile
  • TV Guide
  • BBC
  • HP
  • MTV
  • CT Group
  • Prudential Insurance
 

Interdimensions Corp. - New York 2/2002 - 3/2004

Client Side Developer

  1. Led the New York office's client side development efforts and changed the focus of practices by embracing web standards and site accessibility

Clients:

  • AOL Time Warner

Education

Eberhart-Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany - 8/2000 - 8/2001

Studied linguistics as well as German language, literature and culture

Western Michigan University - 8/1997 - 12/2001

Graduated cum laude with a BA in German and Philosophy. Recipient of the University's Stecklenburg Scholarship for Excellence in Foreign Language

Last Updated: 22 March, 2015