Category: Team

Developer’s Toolkit: Dallas S. Simpson

This post is part of a series where Behance developers talk about the various tools they use to get things done and make ideas happen.

1. Who are you, and what do you do at Behance?

I’m Dallas S. Simpson and I am the Database Administrator (DBA) here at Behance. I’m responsible for all things MySQL related from making sure our databases are online, consistent and running as fast as possible to designing schemas, writing queries and making sure the code is interacting with the databases in the most efficient manner possible. I love databases! I’ve been working in tech for over 13 years now in various capacities and databases have always been the one thing that never cease to interest me. Originally I’m from Philadelphia, PA but moved to the East Village in New York in November of 2012 to come work here at Behance. When I’m not working I can found taking in live music, enjoying small batch bourbon, hanging out with my dog or underwater SCUBA diving.

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Developer’s Toolkit: Ko Uchiyama

This post is part of a series where Behance developers talk about the various tools they use to get things done and make ideas happen.

1. Who are you, and what do you do at Behance?

Hello all, I’m Ko Uchiyama and I am the Head of DevOps over here at Behance.  My main responsibilities are to make sure all of our systems are running smoothly – servers, databases, networks, etc.  I also do lots of automation work with bash scripting and Puppet.  I find it really helpful to automate as many tasks as possible, so that I can spend more time on the more important tasks at hand and being more proactive.
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Developer’s Toolkit: Kevin Ran

This post is part of a series where Behance developers talk about the various tools they use to get things done and make ideas happen.

1. Who are you, and what do you do at Behance?

I’m Kevin and like a few others on the Dev team, SUNY Binghamton is my Alma Mater. Personally, I play guitar, [lots of] video games and animate things once in a while. I’m also an avid C/C++ programmer. Overall, a very simple guy (despite the C/C++ part).

At Behance I’m a full time QA Engineer. It’s been a lot of manual testing of new features, automated testing and maintaining the framework that we use for those tests – our page objects. I focus a lot on enforcing a clear, maintainable pattern in our page objects, not just for ease of use (by me, Dan and potentially other devs), but for extensibility. It’s thrilling because I get the unique opportunity to focus on how efficient my code is and how to utilize and combine language features in nifty ways!
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Developer’s Toolkit: Mike Klein

This post is part of a series where Behance developers talk about the various tools they use to get things done and make ideas happen.

1. Who are you, and what do you do at Behance?

Hey! My name is Mike Klein and I help make ideas happen here at Behance. My role on the team is Backend Developer and spend most of my days dabbling in PHP. Over the last few months I’ve worked on some awesome projects like social signup for Action Method Online, image service restructuring and project editor for the Behance Network. Besides coding, I also enjoy listening to music, collecting instruments and playing guitar.
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Developer’s Toolkit: John Refano

This post is part of a series where Behance developers talk about the various tools they use to get things done and make ideas happen.

1. Who are you, and what do you do at Behance?

My name is John Refano.  I’m a professional contrarian, noise-maker, perfectionist and coffee drinker.  Oh yeah, and I’ve been known to make websites.  I was born in New York, but lived in Philadelphia for the majority of the past 10 years.  I currently live in Brooklyn, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.  I also have a degree in Design, strangely enough.

I am a developer at Behance where my focus and interest lies primarily on the front end.  I use Sass, Javascript (thank Resig for jQuery) and PHP to build pretty things (About BehanceAbout Prosite) and style up stuff you just might use every day on the Behance Network.  I built most of the 99% Conference site, and put in a teensy bit of work styling the new Action Method Online.  I also helped on a big restructure of the Sass on our Served sites and CCN‘s with the rest of our awesome front end team (JFTW… our names all start with the letter J), finding ways to make things more efficient in terms of customization and reusability. I try to add cool stuff to our private little Sass framework when I can.  I guess in some capacity, I touch the part you see of everything we build here.

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On-Site FTW!!!1!

Among IT professionals and software developers, the debate over the merits of working on site has raged since the dawn of time. The Behance team has always advocated that being on site is the best way to build up a finely tuned team. Building great products requires constant collaboration, balancing of opinions, and being able to work with the girl with the right set of skills to solve your problem.

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Developer’s Toolkit: Alex Lee

This post is part of a series where Behance developers talk about the various tools they use to get things done and make ideas happen.

1. Who are you and what do you do at Behance?

Greetings all! I’m Alex Lee and I joined the team at Behance to do crazy JavaScript for our various web apps. Before I joined, only Dave Stein was doing the heavy JavaScripting. That at least partially contributes to his creeping madness. Since day 1 of working here, I have been charting the great tumultuous seas of JavaScript, building the new Action Method Online, which I can assure everybody is at least 17 times better than the current one.

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Developer’s Toolkit: Jess Lissy

This post is part of a series where Behance developers talk about the various tools they use to get things done and make ideas happen.

1. Who are you, and what do you do at Behance?

Oh hey! My name is Jessica Nicole Lissy, but most people call me Jess. I’m a professional mouse clicker, code stalker, Apple lover, and style enthusiast. I’m originally from New Jersey, but I spent most of my life in Charleston, South Carolina and Orlando, Florida. I’ve also lived in California, Arizona, and Colorado. I like to surf, wakeboard, snowboard, and sport the latest kicks.

Basically what I do at Behance is CSS the “bleep” out of Behance’s Custom Creative Networks (such as Student Show, among others), and all of our Served sites.
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Developer’s Toolkit: Matt LeBrun

This post is part of a series where Behance developers talk about the various tools they use to get things done and make ideas happen.

1. Who are you, and what do you do at Behance?

Hey everybody! My name is Matt LeBrun and I’m the latest addition to the Dev Team over here at @Behance. I graduated school in 2008 and have been building things for the web ever since. Here at Behance, I’ve gotten my hands dirty in a wide range of projects including the new Art Center Gallery, some Network Javascripting, creating some internal documentation, as well as a distributed logging application. Some current side projects are a personal management tool built off Codeigniter and a mobile app for an invoicing service.

As I define my role here, I think my major role is helping out where another developer is needed. I’m very flexible with my range of skills and can hop on most projects with little explanation. With such a great team and great products, I love bouncing around project to project because it keeps everything fresh for me.

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Developer’s Toolkit: Dan Chan

This post is part of a series where Behance developers talk about the various tools they use to get things done and make ideas happen.

1. Who are you, and what do you do at Behance?

Hey there, Dan Chan here. I am the lead QA engineer at Behance. Last summer, I started off as an intern developing features for our web applications. After graduating from Binghamton University, I became a fulltime employee and am currently spearheading the automated testing effort (with the help of Bryan and the rest of the dev crew.) Did I mention that I’m also the youngest person on the dev team? I’m also the youngest person at Behance, but don’t count me out.
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