Darian Benam's Résumé

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Darian Benam is my name and maintaining legacy code is my game. 👀

Work Experience

2023

Full-Stack Web Developer I

Full-time

BlackBerry Limited

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

  • Maintaining multiple websites owned by BlackBerry Limited in an agile environment including but not limited to blackberry.com, blackberry.qnx.com, and developers.blackberry.com
  • Deployment Manager responsible for deploying releases and hotfixes to production via Adobe Cloud Manager
  • Responsible for advocating and integrating DevOps methodologies into the Digital Marketing Technology team's workflow
    • Introduced GitLab for source code management and collaboration
    • Lead developer for architecting and maintaining custom GitLab CI/CD pipelines for testing, building, and automating common jobs
    • Heavily integrated scripting languages such as Bash, C#, TypeScript, and PowerShell to automate common jobs
    • Currently in the process of integrating unit and integration testing to increase code coverage and reduce the chances of changes breaking production
    • Currently in the process of integrating code linting at the CI/CD level to enforce a consistent code style
  • Collaborated with stakeholders from the BlackBerry QNX team and the BlackBerry IT team to bring Coveo search to blackberry.qnx.com
    • Created a custom Apache Sling Servlet using Java which provides end users a temporary token to make requests to Coveo's API
    • Created an AEM Dispatcher filter rule to allow the custom servlet to be accessible on dispatcher instances
    • Managed the deployment of the feature to the Adobe Managed Services environments via Adobe Cloud Manager—created a custom OSGi config for each environment
    • Used HTL, TypeScript, and SCSS for the frontend logic of the search component
  • Collaborated with BlackBerry's IT team to enable GitLab's Review Apps feature on a Git repository that contains the source code for sites such as but not limited to blackberry.com, blackberry.qnx.com, and developers.blackberry.com
    • Architected a custom cache-efficient GitLab CI/CD pipeline to dynamically build an Alpine Linux based Docker container which encapsulates an entire Adobe Experience Manager environment with Maven artifacts from a Git feature branch as well as custom CRX packages (service packages, content packages, etc.)
    • Utilized Kubernetes to deploy a review app instance on-premise
    • Utilized CRX Package Manager's REST API to deploy artifacts if a review app environment is already running
    • Wrote multiple Bash script files to keep the GitLab CI YAML file clean and easy to read
    • Used Sonatype Nexus Repository to store both the built Docker image and third-party artifacts—used cURL to fetch the artifacts via Nexus's REST API
    • Applied best OPSEC practices where necessary to ensure a hardened CI/CD pipeline (setup TLS certifications for cURL, stored sensitive data securely, etc.)
    • Integrated AEM Environment Indicator from ACS AEM Commons to visually tell QA that the the environment is a review app to lower the chances of them accidently modifying the wrong environment
    • Overall, this feature has improved the QA process for the web development team and lowered the possibility of bugs reaching the Adobe Managed Services environments
  • Created a dockerized webhook API using C# 11.0 and ASP.NET Core Web API that listens for Adobe Cloud Manager pipeline events and relays the event to a distribution list via SMTP to notify BlackBerry Web Deployment Managers of a pipeline state (pipeline started, pipeline awaiting manual action to continue, pipeline finished, etc.)
  • Created a PowerShell 7 script that takes in a list of Adobe Experience Manager DAM assets and quickly resolves the equivalent Scene7 URL for each item if it exists
    • Created a Docker container environment to allow the app to easily be run without having to setup external dependencies
    • Results are outputted to the CLI and the user has the choice to output the results to a CSV file
    • Setup a CI/CD pipeline via GitLab to analyze all PowerShell source code files with PSScriptAnalyzer to ensure good code quality
  • Created an extension for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge using npm, TypeScript, and Webpack which resolves WebP thumbnails in Adobe Experience Manager
  • Created a component using HTL, Java, SCSS, TypeScript, and Webpack 5 that allows developers to embed Monaco Editor into an AEM dialog
  • Responsible for publishing pages and invalidating Amazon CloudFront cache
  • Writing and updating internal documentation
    • Created a CSS/Less/Sass, HTL, Java, JavaScript, TypeScript, and XML style guide which outlines development best-practices for the Digital Marketing Technology team
    • Wrote documentation on how to manually tunnel into a deployed BlackBerry Web Review App instance using the Kubernetes command line tool (kubectl) to help troubleshoot issues
  • Mentoring co-workers on how to use software such as Adobe Experience Manager, Docker, and Git
  • Performing page and code reviews to ensure best-practices are being applied (accessibility, performance, code quality, etc.)
  • Developing Docker containers for internal development
    • Created an AEM local development author Docker container based on Alpine Linux which includes a few BlackBerry specific CRX packages—this container was created as an alternative to a PowerShell 7 script I developed in early 2023 that installs an AEM instance on a developer's host machine
    • Created a CentOS based Docker container to run a AEM dispatcher and publisher instance
    • Created a Docker container to test an Apache Dispatcher configuration which automatically gets triggered via CI/CD anytime a developer makes a change to a dispatcher file
    • Dockerizing internal apps and scripts whenever possible
  • Created a PowerShell 7 script that automatically installs Java, Maven, and Adobe Experience Manager on a user's host machine
    • Programmed the script to automatically setup the environment variables on the user's machine
    • Used CRX's REST API to upload and install various AEM packages
    • Overall, this script saves time for both current and future employees as they don't have to manually setup and troubleshoot their local development environments which can sometimes take hours
  • Developed a responsive component to help revamp the BlackBerry QNX Partners page to utilize a modern design while still maintaining original functionality from the legacy page
    • Used the following stacks for developing the new component: HTL, Java, TypeScript, SCSS, and XML
    • Wrote a PowerShell script to help migrate data from the legacy page in JSON format to match new component's interface
    • Saved time from manual content authoring by creating a script in JavaScript that gets injected into the Web Browser's developer console to auto-build the component with the partner data produced by the PowerShell script—overall resulting in the component being staged in seconds
    • Collaborated with stakeholders to ensure the data was correctly migrated
  • Using Adobe Experience Platform Launch to add and remove tracking scripts on various environments
  • Gained hands-on experience with OneTrust by fixing accessibility issues related to the BlackBerry OneTrust Cookie Consent Notice banner which is used on multiple websites owned by BlackBerry Limited
  • Created a workflow using Adobe's Granite Workflow API and AWS SDK for Java to schedule Amazon CloudFront cache invalidations via AEM
  • Resizing and optimizing images with Adobe Photoshop
  • Following best OPSEC practices

Web Development Student

Full-time Co-op

BlackBerry Limited

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

  • Created an extendable CLI app using Node, TypeScript, PowerShell, and Bash which scaffolds the frontend and backend files for an AEM component based on a template selected by the developer
  • Upgraded Webpack from version 3 to 5 along with other various outdated legacy dependencies
    • Integrated Browsersync in the Webpack development config to help speed up the development of new modules for BlackBerry's website
    • Responsible for introducing TypeScript into the codebase
  • Responsible for improving the overall performance of BlackBerry's website according to Google Lighthouse benchmarks
    • Removed unusued JavaScript and CSS files from the codebase
    • Reduced the production JavaScript bundle file from ~7 MB to ~1.1 MB by removing dead code and optimizing JavaScript ES6 imports
  • Used Adobe Cloud Manager to run build pipelines on various environments
    • Followed best practices by testing on multiple environments (development, QA, and stage) before deploying to production
  • Responsible for publishing pages and invalidating Amazon CloudFront cache
2022

Web Development Student

Full-time Co-op

BlackBerry Limited

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

  • Used AEM (Adobe Experience Manager) to create and update web pages on various domains owned by BlackBerry including but not limited to blackberry.com, blackberry.qnx.com, and developers.blackberry.com
  • Worked with technologies such as AEM, Eclipse, HTL, IntelliJ IDEA, Java, JavaScript, JSP (JavaServer Pages), Jira, jQuery, React.js, SCSS, and Visual Studio Code
  • Uploaded and updated assets such as images and PDF files to BlackBerry's website
  • Used CRXDE Lite to provide updates to BlackBerry's resource center web pages and Customer Success Stories page
  • Used software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to resize and edit images so that they can be embedded on web pages
  • Refactored and added new features to frontend/backend code for existing AEM components
    • Modularized a custom AEM dialog component by using compile time JSP include statements on duplicate code
    • Added functionality using JavaScript ES6 and jQuery to swap columns and rows in a custom AEM table component
    • Added a button to clear data on a custom AEM table component
    • Used CoralUI, jQuery, and a custom internal API Sling servlet to build HTML tables quickly based on a XLSX file
    • Added an end date and second body copy line property to a component used for listing events
  • Fixed bugs on existing components
    • Improved various webpage's accessibility score by adding missing or broken alternative text to image tags
    • Fixed visual bug on a component that was used on the homepage
    • Fixed bug on a table component where a dropdown would have more options than it was supposed to have
    • Fixed layout issues that appeared on mobile devices for a component used for listing events
  • Rewrote two legacy components (BlackBerry QNX Board Support Package table and BlackBerry Customer Success library) to utilize a Java Sling Model and HTL for the backend, and Sass/JavaScript ES6 for the frontend
    • Incorporated Content Fragments for one of the components
  • Wrote documentation and notes about AEM development for current BlackBerry employees and future co-op students
  • Set up JavaScript debugging in Visual Studio Code for custom AEM components by configuring the Webpack config file to generate JavaScript source maps in a non-production environment
  • Created a new three-column table component with HTL and SCSS based on a Figma sketch file which was used on the CylanceGUARD product page
    • Created a custom AEM form dialog component for designing the table using the following stack: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JSON, and JSP
  • Refactored code by fixing spelling mistakes in comments/variable names and also removed dead code
2021

Web Development Student

Full-time Co-op

BlackBerry Limited

London, Ontario, Canada (Remote)

  • Worked with technologies such as AEM, JavaScript, SCSS, and Visual Studio Code
  • Used AEM to create and update web pages on various domains owned by BlackBerry including but not limited to blackberry.com and blackberry.qnx.com according to stakeholder's instructions
  • Uploaded and updated assets such as images and PDF files to BlackBerry's website
  • Actively searched for and provided fixes to UI bugs and broken images/links
  • Used CRXDE to provide updates to BlackBerry's resource center web pages
  • Used Jira to log issues and assign myself work
  • Created a personal CLI application using C#, .NET 5.0, and Visual Studio Code to convert Excel files into JSON format so that the data could be embedded on a web page
2018

Freelance Software Developer

Casual Freelance

Fiverr

London, Ontario, Canada

11

Years of Programming Experience

22

Open Source Projects Posted Online

32

GitHub Contributions This Year

 
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Volunteer Experience

2020

Peer Mentor

Volunteer

Fanshawe College

London, Ontario, Canada

  • Volunteered from semester #2 to #6
  • Helped students solve problems related to computer programming and any other topics taught in the Computer Programmer Analyst program at Fanshawe College

Education

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Computer Programmer Analyst Advanced Diploma

Fanshawe College

London, Ontario, Canada

  • GPA: 4.19 / 4.2
  • Achieved Dean's Honour Roll annually
  • Completed courses that taught topics such as ASP.NET, React, React Native, JavaScript, Microsoft SQL Server, MongoDB, and software design patterns
  • Completed courses such as Data Structures & Algorithms, Client/Server Application Development, and Object-Oriented Analysis and Modelling
  • Completed software projects that incorporated unit tests and common data structures
  • Completed 3 four month co-op work terms at BlackBerry Limited as a Web Development Student, resulting in 1 years worth of industry experience