Benjamin Lakey


I’m a software developer who values pragmatism, clean coding practices, test-driven development, and simplicity over complexity. I like to work closely with my stakeholders to understand how I can use software to help solve their needs (and where adding more software won’t). I’m passionate about new programming languages and discussing/sharing software development practices with others.


  • I’m fluent with:
    • Javascript, Typescript, Ruby, Java, C#
  • I have a strong background with these frameworks, tools, and tech:
    • React, Redux, Rails, Webpack, Git, Backbone, CSS, Sinatra, JQuery
  • I’m currently interested in exploring further:
    • GraphQL, Lua, Elixir, Lisp, Go, Python


Senior Software Developer, Yammer (June 2015 - Present)

  • Frontend web development with React, Redux, Typescript, and GraphQL.
  • Introduced React and Redux into the Yammer frontend skillset and migrated Yammer off its legacy Backbone app into React/Redux.
  • Mentored developers on clean coding practices, good testing hygiene, and pragmatic programming.
  • Maintained Ruby and Java microservices powering both GraphQL and non-GraphQL backend endpoints.
  • Lead the development of the project to sync domains from Office 365 to Yammer and other “on-by-default” integrations of Yammer post-acquisition.
  • Lead a weekly “code dojo” attended by most of the development team to practice our skills by pairing on code katas.

Senior Software Developer, WhitePages (January 2014 - June 2015)

  • Full stack web development in Ruby on Rails and Javascript.
  • Developed OAuth2 based SSO authentication services and identity management features to allow users to take control of their listings on Whitepages products.
  • Helped develop and launch responsive business search functionality for

Software Developer, (July 2012 - December 2013)

  • Developed and maintained backend Java services that power Amazon Instant Video.
  • Wrote and launched authentication/authorization services for Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM customers.
  • Developed and maintained services for account setup on a variety of devices/tvs/consoles.

Software Developer, NBC News Digital (January 2011 - July 2012)

  • Developed and maintained backend services to support using C#, ASP.NET MVC and RavenDB.
  • Created editorial tools using Backbone.js, Bootstrap, and Javascript for journalists to publish content with.
  • Led a developer training book club, covering agile/lean development concepts and clean code.

Software Developer, (June 2010 - January 2011)

  • Developed and maintained a CRM software solution for sellers using Perl, C++, and Java.
  • Provided on-call support for production systems.

Software Developer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (July 2009 - June 2010)


B.S. Computer Information Systems, Eastern Washington University 2009

  • Dean’s Honor List
  • Outstanding Student Award for Computer Science

Associates of Arts and Science, Columbia Basin College 2006

Current and Past Projects

2019 Ben Lakey

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