Hey, I'm Ben Howdle.

I'm a developer & designer from the UK.

I build products.

Ekko, Plot, ReqRes, FlickFeed, Grade.js and DeSVG.

I work with companies.

Soho House, Cisco, Plasso, KashFlow, Lost My Name, Kayako and you?

I use different technologies.

JavaScript for front-end development.
Node.js for back-end development.
React Native for app development.

Products I'm working on

Hire me for these things

Consulting

I can work with you to plan, architect and review how you can achieve seamless development, so I can impart my knowledge and point you in the right direction. I'm well versed in where and how bottlenecks can appear, but also how to solve and avoid them.

Contracting

I've worked on front-end or Node.js contracts/freelance projects. More recently, I've been working with React.js, Redux & Vue.js, but I'm proficient in the whole front-end stack. I primarily work remotely, but I'll travel to most places for a kick-off meeting/face-to-face chat.

Workshops

Tailored, custom training delivered face-to-face is unbeatable. We'll chat beforehand about the specific areas that would be best to cover, which I'll then use to create the workshop. I'm based in the UK, but that doesn't mean I can't travel if you're internationally based.

Nice words from people

  • Duane Jackson

    "I hired Ben to lead the redevelopment of our SaaS application from crusty old code into something more modern. He made suggestions - along with pro's and con's - that helped us decide which way to go. We ultimately went with his recommendations. I quickly came to depend on Ben's knowledge and expertise on all aspects of the development of our Backbone.js app. His wider experience with other aspects of product architecture, such as REST APIs and CSS was also invaluable. Unlike your stereotypical uber-techie, he's also very personable and everyone enjoyed working with him. I've come to regard him as the foremost expert in his field"

  • Svilen Gospodinov

    "Organising and running ng-workshop with Ben was a great experience. He is an excellent teacher and more than willing to share his knowledge building and scaling web applications. He covered everything from basic JavaScript concepts to high-level architecture and best practices, and made sure everyone is at the same level by the end of the day. We received very positive feedback from all attendees after the event. I don't think the workshop would have been such a success without Ben."

  • Jamie Edwards

    "Ben was able to apply his front-end development and architecture experience from day one, helping us come up with and validate key architecture choices and avoid costly mistakes as we scale Kayako to be used by 10,000s organisations worldwide to support millions of end users. We found Ben's advice to be realistic and pragmatic, factoring in resource constraints, business needs of the day and balancing those with future scalability benefits. We are relieved to have had Ben part of our design process - his early contributions have saved a potentially limitless amount of developer time, pain and costs down the line."

  • Tom Alterman

    "Ben built us responsive front-end framework that minimised maintenance and increased developer efficiency. He was able to quickly understand our needs and provide us with the building blocks we needed to scale our front-end."

  • Pui-Ling Lau

    "Ben's Javascript for Beginners workshop was extremely useful. He covered the fundamentals of Javascript in one day and I've come out of it with the knowledge and confidence to write pure Javascript when I code. The workshop was in a small group, so it was easy to chat, and he is very approachable which meant I wasn't afraid to ask questions. The topics were interactive and dynamic and definitely grows your appetite to code and learn more. I'd recommend this workshop for anyone stuck in learning JavaScript."