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’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

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.

For the last 12 years I’ve worked as a web developer in Vancouver, while working on open source software in my spare time. Currently I’m a Web Developer at CBC Music working on their mobile and desktop sites. So far its been mostly Backbone and Handlebars, and soon I’ll be immersing myself in C# and all the fun backend patterns.

Generally I work mostly in JavaScript and (god help me) PHP, but I’ve had plenty of experience with other languages like JSP, ColdFusion and Perl. This year I’m trying to find time to tinker with Node, Python and Ruby, so you’ll probably see the odd new github project spring up. 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.