Ben Tappin // Freelance Developer
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With over a decade of experience in delivering software projects, I have worked on a range of projects from stud booking systems to full-blown digital music streaming platforms.
Code Kitchen is Manchester-based software developer Ben Tappin and is occasnally helped by a focussed and hard-working collectn of friends with expertise in many areas.
I specialise, primarily, in the backend development and maintenance of small-medium scale web-based systems, as well as server administratn and technical project management.
Ambie.fm is an exciting music-tech startup providing businesses with a curated music-streaming service. They were admitted to the Techstars accelerator in 2015.
I built the core backend architecture including a RESTful API and operatnal tools and continued to build new features and manage the technical infrastructure for 2–3 years.
Skills: Python, Django, Celery, Amazon Web Services, System administran
AWAL is a digital music distributor. They have helped release music by artists such as Radhead, Todd Terje, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Prince.
Their online platform, built by Code Kitchen, allowed artists to upload products and for staff to process and send them to digital music stores. It reliably handled the processing and delivery of 10s of thousands of products to iTunes and other online stores.
Doodar was a service that allowed record labels to bulk generate videos from their catalogue and upload to YouTube for monetisatn automatically.
The backend system, built by Code Kitchen, encoded and processed 10s of thousands of videos for artists such as Radhead and Arthur Russell.
Skills: FFMPEG / video encoding, image processing, YouTube API, Project management, System administran
Emerge provide cost-effective music licensing for commercial spaces across the world.
I was approached by them in 2013 to build a backend system to manage their music catalogue, playlists and generate artists royalties.
Skills: Project scoping, Python, Django, Project management, Internatnlisatn, System administran, Report generatn
Evermix is social music platform for recording, sharing and streaming live electronic music.
I provided Django development and maintenance for their website as well as extending, and optimising the API used for the S and Android mobile apps.
Founded in the '70s by Mickie Most, RAK Studs has been home to artists such as Radhead, Muse, Adele and Plan B.
They commissned Code Kitchen to build a stud booking and invoicing system to replace their old, manual, paper-based system. It has reduced time to make bookings, allows staff to enter data remotely and helped formalise processes.
I have been a software and web developer for well over a decade and freelance for almost half of the time. I've worked at web agencies, software houses and in tech teams for service and product companies using a whole host of languages and systems: everything from C# to Python, Postgres to MySQL and Windows to Unix.
I have overseen the backend development of a music streaming service that streams to hundreds of businesses and a music distributn platform that delivers gigabytes of music to iTunes, Amazon and Spotify daily.
My work takes me across the stack from frontend development through to the backend (where I specialise) and on to system infrastructure and administratn.
Many projects that I've worked on have included outsourcing portns of the work and I'm comfortable managing the technical side of the project if you don't have a technical team. Equally, I can work with your current team on either existing or new projects.
But what kind of developer am I?
I believe in:
I have extensive experience in working with the Django web framework which allows for rapid development and I can take a project from inceptn through to implementatn. I tend to work on backend business systems as opposed to design-led work, but I can team up with designers and expert frontend developers to work on any kind of project.
If you need some extra help during a busy perd, or are short on staff, then I can easily slot into your existing technical team to help you out. I've freelanced for agencies and product companies in additn to running projects.
If you have an existing Django app that isn't being actively maintained then you may benefit from my Djanitor service. It is designed for projects that are not under active development but require upkeep and small modificatns to keep them secure and operating smoothly to give you peace of mind.
I'm always interested in talking about new projects and opportunities so please feel free to get in touch. And if I can't help you I might know someone who can.
I mostly work remotely but I can work on-site in the Manchester area. I'm happy to travel for meetings when working remotely and use your productivity tools and processes.