Ben Woodall

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Benjamin Woodall

Technology Summary

  • Systems: OS X, Ubuntu, CentOS, Google App Engine
  • Languages/Frameworks:
    • Ruby: JRuby, Sinatra, Ruby on Rails, RSpec, MiniTest
    • Go: Net/HTTP, Martini
    • DB: PostgreSQL, MySQL, CouchDB
    • Javascript: Bootstrap, Angular.js, jQuery
  • Tools/Testing: Vim, Git, SVN, Atlassian Suite(Jira, Confluence, Stash)

Professional Experience

Deloitte Digital – Seattle, Wa

Software Engineer (Aug 2013 to Present)

  • Ruby developer specializing in JSON APIs for 3rd party applications
  • Created testing framework for ingesting 3rd party JSON services (
  • Developed responsive websites using Angular.js and Ember.js

thePlatform for Media – Seattle, Wa

Application Engineer (Aug 2011 to Aug 2013)

  • Headed the Internal Tools team to produce applications for monitoring and web deployments(Ruby, Sinatra, Rails, thePlatform SDK/API)
  • Tier 2 support for customer issues, including customized coding examples and website workflows using thePlatforms Javascript Player Kit (PDK).
  • System monitoring for service health using Zenoss/Splunk. Application deploys with Chef, Rundeck, Capistrano.

Robert Half Technology – Bellevue, Wa

Senior Technical Recruiter (Dec 2010 to April 2011)

  • Temporary recruiting including identifying qualified applicants, conducting screening interviews, evaluating applicant qualifications, and establishing appropriate pay rates for employees based on skills, abilities, and experience.
  • Counseling employees and handling conflict resolution as needed.

Speakeasy – Seattle, Wa (Contract through Parker Services)

Business Support Representative (Aug 2010 to Dec 2010)

  • Phone center support for small and home office internet services and Voice over IP(VoIP).
  • Follow up support for local telephone exchange carriers for home and business DSL installations and services.
  • Used third party software and web apps to troubleshoot DSL and web hosting clients.

Ruston After Dark – Ruston, La

Web Developer (2009 to 2010)

  • Developed web applications for business promotions, geo-location services, and venue interaction (Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, Javascript, MySQL, Apache).
  • Designed and maintained the City of Ruston’s Downtown Arts website, Ruston After Dark.
  • Interviewed local talent, including musicians, artists, and students of Louisiana Tech University.


Louisiana Tech University – Ruston, La

Major: Computer Science Minor: Technical Writing

  • Co-founder of the LaTech Linux Users Group Helped students who were interested in Linux and GNU software. Introduced open source software options and resources to students in Electric Engineering and Computer Science curriculum.
  • Student Member of Association of Computing Machines (ACM) Competed in monthly eXtreme Programming competitions. Built bare-bone computers for local low-income and special needs groups.

University of Washington – Seattle, Wa

Certificate in Ruby on Rails (Sep 2012 – June 2013)

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