Welcome to my site! 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’m not particularly good at. Besides, 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.

All my scripts are completely free, open source and found on github.

A little history

I’ve loved programming for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, my dad brought home a 48K Spectrum along with a tape drive and a few games. I got hooked, fast – oh boy I loved that thing. Later, I got more into music and art and it wasn’t really until university that I returned to programming. Academically, I have Bachelor degrees in Music Composition + Theory, and Philosophy from the University of Victoria (BC, Canada). But it was during my philosophy degree I re-discovered programming – this time javascript and PHP – and decided to pursue it as a career.

These days I work as a web developer in Vancouver, working on open source projects in my spare time. Currently I’m employed at CBC Music as a Software Architect. Check out the following post for a summary of one of my more substantial contributions to date: Refactoring CBC Music Mobile.

Generally I work mostly in JavaScript and (god help me) PHP, but I’ve had plenty of experience with other languages. The last few years I’ve been focusing more and more on large-scale client-side architecture.

Résume

You can view my online resume by clicking one of of the following icons. You can also reach me on LinkedIn and Twitter.