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Ben Byer

Software Developer

About ME

Passionate about software development and web design.  

Recent graduate of Lighthouse Labs intensive Web Development Boot Camp.

Using my new skills in web development, including Javascript, Node, HTML/CSS and my previous professional computer programming experience using .Net, C#, I am looking for full time employment or possibly contract work.

Portfolio

Parking Pal - Lighthouse Labs final project, built a web app to provide a service where commuters can connect with home-owners who want to rent their driveways for parking during the work week. Using Javascript, JQuery, HTML/CSS for the front end and Node.js, Handlebars for the framework and a PostGreSQL database.  

Link for Parking Pal (Work in progress)

Golf Tee Time - Lighthouse Labs midterm project, built a web app to simulate a tee time scheduling app.  The user can select a day they wish golf, then choose an available time.  Used Ruby on Rails and PostGreSQL database.  

Link for Golf Teetime

GPS-GPX Logger - Developed for Universal Windows Platform.  The app uses geolocation data directly from the GPS chip installed in most newer Windows 10 laptops, tablets and phones.  It displays the trace in real-time on the map.  Saves the log files to local disk and can replay the saved files later, or export to Google Earth or Microsoft Maps.

Link for GPS/GPX Logger

Education

May2016

Full Stack Web Development

Lighthouse Labs

HTML/CSS, Javascript, JQuery, Node, Ruby on Rails, PostGreSQL, Handlebars, Sqlite

20002001

Object Oriented Analysis and Design

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Advanced C, Advanced C++, Oracle, OOP practices

19911994

B.Sc Electronics Engineering Technology

DeVry Institute of Technology

Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Dean’s List, Class Valedictorian, 3.83/4.00 GPA

Work History

Sep 2015Present

Software Developer

Self-employed - Kelowna, British Columbia.

C# developer working with Visual Studio 2015, building Windows 10 Universal Apps.  Created a Windows 10 app for GPS logging.  Over 12,000 downloads from the Windows App Store.

May 2012Sep 2015

Client Services Representative

SkyTrac Systems Ltd - Kelowna, British Columbia 

Client Services Department - Responded to client issues, resolving them in a timely manner.

Customer Training - Occasionally required to travel to client's sites throughout the world conducting training seminars on SkyTrac's hardware and software products.

Technical Writer - Produced and maintained SkyTrac's documentation for most of the hardware and software products.

Feb 2010May 2012

Software Developer

SkyTrac Systems Ltd - Kelowna, British Columbia

Software Department - Member of the development team for SkyTrac's SkyWeb software. Produced and maintained an Iridium simulator program for testing SkyTrac's software using C#.  Produced and maintained a server control program for monitoring SkyTrac's servers and their performance.

Oct 2008Feb 2010

Software Tester

SkyTrac Systems Ltd - Kelowna, British Columbia

QA Department - Performance testing SkyTrac's SkyWeb software. Used QA tools such as TestLink and Bugzilla.

Aug 2000Oct 2008

Software Developer

ARAM Systems Ltd (formerly Geo-X Systems) - Calgary, Alberta

Software Department - Building software for the battery charging equipment used in seismic exploration.  

Engineering Department - Building software for the manufacturing department for testing new equipment on the production line.

Oct 1997Aug 2000

Electronic Technologist

Geo-X Systems Ltd - Calgary, Alberta

Production Department - Tested and repaired new seismic products at the system and PC board level.

References

Available on request