Benjamin Lieb, professional Software Engineer, Full Stack Web Development Engineer

Fullstack software engineer, Ruby on Rails and Javascript specialist with strong design, UX, testing, mentoring, and project management chops. Comfortable as project, manager, team lead, individual team contributor or solo contractor wearing all the hats.

I build robust, secure, test-driven web applications, and am equally comfortable on the backend and front end. My preferred ecosystem is the Ruby on Rails framework on the back and a combination of Turbo and React on the front.

Enterprise Applications

Looking for an engineer as an individual contributer, lead, or product manager? I have a broad skill set, developed over 24 years in this ever-changing field.

  • Backend Application frameworks
  • Client-side Javascript, ES6 frameworks (React, Ember, Svelte, etc)
  • Data and Database management
  • Server-side API development
  • Linux server administration
  • AWS Architecture experience
  • 26 years of graphic design experience
  • Search Engine Optimization awareness
  • Modern, accessible, responsive, internationalized markup and design
  • Experience building payment and invoice systems
  • Team Lead, Manager, and Mentorship experience
  • Experience with various colllaborative develpment philosophies: scrum, agile, etc

Contract Work

I am sometimes available for contract work opportunities. I enjoy helping small businesses improve their efficiency through:

  • Automation
  • Application development
  • Data management or migrations
  • Integrations of 3rd party solutions
  • Internal team structure and communication issyes
  • Mentorship of junior engineers
  • Collaborations on distributable libraries and tools
  • Upgrades of older Ruby on Rails or React projects
  • Application redisigns

I'm also open to co-venture opportunities for folks looking for a technical partner in the development of new entrepreneurial projects. Reach out if you think we might have similar interests.

Personal Projects

Chrome Chinese Console Extension

This extension for Chrome Web Browsers helps students of Mandarin Chinese read, explore and learn Chinese characters.

It provides definitions, character frequency & composition, similar charcters, example words, images and more.

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iDance.net

This project started in 2007 (pre-Youtube as I recall) and filmed several thousand dance instruction videos in 30 odd styles.

The project is still operational and serving dance enthusiasts around the world, though it hasn't had active development in many years.

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Beats Per Minute App

As a regular dance DJ and musician, I made this tool to help me quickly get BMPs of songs I was DJing or writing.

I had it online for 7 years and had mostly forgot about it until I was contacted by an agency to buy it. Then I looked at the traffic!

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Music Charts

As a musician I've wrote this to explore the possibility of having better song charts online.

Specifically I wanted the ability to transpose keys, have the same chart up in different keys, and a separation of chords and lyrics.

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NVC Communicator

When I was first studying Non-violent Communication, I became aware just how tricky it can be to practice and get the structure 'right'.

I made this to help myself and others with that, and also provide a reference for the needs and feelings as taught by Marshall Rosenberg.

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Professional Communication and Relationships

Since 1997, in a team setting and with personal clients, I have established long-term professional relationships rooted in technical skill, professional reliability, good communication and mutual respect. At work, as in my personal life, I value human relationships, strong communities, ethical endeavors, and the power of collaboration.

These values have allowed me to build strong professional and personal connections that maximize the power of collaboration, rapport, trust. In the numerous teams I've been a part of, I've learned that technical knowledge alone does not make great products over time. Good communication is necessary to build great things on teams. Strong opinions must be tempered by an openness to the many ways colleagues may envision a problem. I've found that through my studies in the fields of Non Violent Communication and Authentic Relating have I've been able to develop skills and a quality of communication that minimizes the many ways that communication can sour (blame, judgment, withholding, condescension, etc).

Development Philosophy

In my work I have value code that is Clean, changeable, testable, extensible, and scaleable. I prefer libraries embraced by entire ecosystems, and battle-tested technology as opposed to the newest shiny thing. Security is important to me as are the skills of data management and database systems. Though I spend most of my work writing code and having meetings it seems, I have a soft spot for aesthetics and enjoy interface design, graphic design, UX and theme development. I'm also an entrepreneur at heart and tend to prefer roles where I have my eye on the big picture.

When not working I do a lot of social dance (Swing, Tango, Salsa), and play trombone in a Jazz band. I'm enjoy learning languages (I worked for years as a language teacher and medical interpreter - actually, I have a masters degree in Language Acquisition), eco-friendly living, world travel, and long romantic walks on the beach.