Atlanta Web Developer Ben Yarbrough at Laracon in 2016

Ben Yarbrough

Senior Web Developer

Hello, World!

My name is Ben Yarbrough; I’m a Senior Web Developer currently working in Atlanta. I am a devoted husband and the proud father of two boys.

I have been working in the web industry for over a decade, and I love what I do. I thrive in environments that involve constant learning, which makes web development an ideal profession for me. Every day, I learn something new to advance my skills, improve my efficiency, and stay current with new technologies. I have experience at companies ranging from small startups to global corporations, and I am able to excel both independently and as part of a team.

Experience

Senior Engineer

Digital Additive

Web application development with PHP, Laravel, Vue.js, ES6, DataTables, Twitter Bootstrap, jQuery, and Laravel Spark. SalesForce Marketing Cloud integration.

Web Development Engineer

Nestlé Health Science - Pamlab

Part of a small team of developers creating a unique web-based, end-to-end Call Center and Mail Order Pharmacy Management System that was responsible for supporting annual revenue and dramatically increasing the operation’s capacity over previous systems. My responsibilities included front-end development with JavaScript, CoffeeScript, Less, jQuery, Twitter Bootstrap, and KnockoutJS. Integrated with and worked within an enterprise-scale back-end environment that included Groovy, Grails, and Clojure.

Web Developer

BKV

Lead developer of a large internal project. Simultaneously developed websites, mobile sites, social apps, landing pages, and HTML emails for such clients as ApartmentGuide, ARS/Rescue Rooter, AT&T, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Delta TechOps, LasikPlus, March of Dimes, Sokolove Law, and South University. Specialized in the utilization of content management systems, code frameworks, and emerging web technologies.

I regularly worked on projects ranging from 1-page landers to sites and web applications with incredible amounts of functionality. I implemented ExpressionEngine to grant clients full control over their content, built upon and extended ExpressionEngine’s functionality by developing add-ons that were useful to multiple clients, and created entirely custom web applications using CodeIgniter and a variety of other web technologies.

In addition to my ExpressionEngine and CodeIgniter work, I stayed on the cutting-edge of many emerging technologies. Seeing the market trend toward mobile, I quickly and methodically learned the skills necessary to compete. I regularly created mobile sites for the major mobile platforms (iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry). Another market trend I prepared for was the social market. I went from knowing nothing about programming Facebook applications to being proficient within 3 weeks. I created ApartmentGuide’s Facebook application to perform apartment searches within Facebook - the first app of its kind in that market.

I was the client-facing technical lead on many projects - managing client expectations, project planning, requirements-gathering, information architecture mapping, and more. In addition to my development responsibilities, I was active in the interviews and technical screens of countless potential employees. I administered and maintained many of the company’s LAMP servers, version control systems, and CMS implementations.

Freelance Web Designer / Developer

Self-Employed

Freelance web design and development for various clients.

Awards

WebAward

Outstanding Achievement in Web Development

Education

North Metro Technical College

AAS - Visual Communications

Specialties