Welcome to my site! So as you can probably deduce, my name’s Benjamin Keen – I’m a web developer living in Vancouver, BC. That’s me in the photo, which my wife describes as “not funny in the least” and “makes you look like a total idiot”.
This site has changed an awful lot since the first version back in 1999, but its main purpose has always been to store and document my various open source work. This version (June 2012) is the first time I haven’t used my own design. It’s a weird feeling not designing the entire site myself – but I think it looks pretty snappy, and frankly I didn’t want to devote my time to something I’d done countless times before. Time is precious. I ain’t getting no younger.
Long live Open Source!
I’m an open source developer, first and foremost. Ideologically speaking, there’s something fundamentally right about writing software that allows people to examine and change the source code to suit their own purposes. I’m not at all averse to closed source or making money, but it’s just not something that holds a great deal of interest for me.
Other than Form Tools, all my scripts are completely free, open source and GPL-licensed.
A little history
For the last 10 years I’ve worked as a web developer in Vancouver, while working on open source software in my spare time. Currently I’m a Senior Web Developer for Central1 Credit Union – which is kind of like the mothership for hundreds of credit unions dotted throughout Canada. At I write this, I’m up to my neck in an exceedingly fun project: developing and architecting a large-scale JS-driven framework for the next wave of web banking.