Benny Powers

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Coding is as much a matter of personal growth as it is of logic and control-flow. I keep patience, curiosity, & exuberance in the same toolbox as vim and git.
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Positions

Principal Front-End Developer

  • Red Hat
  • Sep 2021 - Present

Core Member

  • Open Web Components
  • Jan 2018 - Present

Senior Software Engineer

  • Aqovia
  • Feb 2020 - Apr 2021

Senior Software Engineer

  • Forter
  • Jan 2019 - Nov 2019

Tech Lead

  • Blink.gg
  • Feb 2017 - Aug 2018

Web Developer

  • UX Web Technologies
  • Jun 2016 - Feb 2017

Tour Guide

  • City of David
  • Jan 2011 - Dec 2014

Benny's Collections

My 2021 Highlights

10 Highlights

Speaking Engagements

2 Highlights

Jobs / CV

13 Highlights

Blog Posts

5 Highlights

Open Source

8 Highlights

2022

Jan 13, 2022
Jan 13, 2022
Became a Lit Contributor
Contributed to open source
Wrote TypeScript
+ 1
I became a Lit contributor today when my tiny PR was merged by Alexander Marks. 

Its really a testament to the Lit developers how stable and simple their software is that I've happily used it for years without feeling much need to change it.

2021

Dec 27, 2021
Dec 27, 2021
Spoke at Reversim Summit

Spoke at Reversim Summit 2021

It was a lot of fun speaking at this conference, my first time presenting a tech talk in Hebrew (even though, let's be honest, 1/3 of the words were in English 😉)

The staff were courteous and accommodating and the participants were lively and energetic. If you have a chance to attend or present at reversim, I highly recommend it.
Dec 05, 2021
Dec 05, 2021
Wrote a Blog Post
Wrote HTML
Wrote TypeScript
Wrote CSS
+ 2

🕎 8 Days of Web Components Tips 

In honour of the last night of #Hannukah I collected 8 nights' worth of web components tips here in this blog post. Hope you like it, and חג שמח!

https://dev.to/bennypowers/8-days-of-web-components-tips-39o5
Oct 29, 2021
Oct 29, 2021
Spoke at a conference
Spoke at AzConf

Spoke at AzConfDev 2021

GraphQL in HTML - Declarative Apps with Apollo Elements

Slides: https://apolloelements.dev/decks/azconf-dev-2021


Oct 04, 2021
Oct 04, 2021
Started a new role at Red Hat

First Day at Red Hat


Excited to join Red Hat as Principal Front-End Developer. 🎉 What a dream-come-true!

By the end of the day I managed to do the lion's share of IT onboarding, even got fish shell installed on my laptop. Looking forward to learning about the job and the team.


Principal Front-End Developer, Red Hat
Sep 13, 2021
Sep 13, 2021
Accepted Job Offer
Joined Red Hat

Joining Red Hat

Growing up in Toronto, my family used to visit our friends the Ushers each year for Passover seder. As kids, my sister and I would thrill to find the Afikoman - a hidden piece of matzah children usually compete to find, often cashing it in for sweet prizes from the adults. By my teen years, I was already too old to expect candy and toys, but what can we do - the afikoman search had to go on. So one year, Mr. Usher asked a victorious young me which charity he should donate the 'afikoman gelt' to. I had spent that year soaking up the GNU manifesto, delighting in Knoppix ISOs, and cheering the rise of the open web, so it didn't take me long to answer: I asked him to donate to the Free Software Foundation.
Fast forward to today...

It's a delight to announce that I'm joining Red Hat as a Principal Front-End Developer, working on web components, starting after the Sukkot holiday. I was too excited to wait for the fedora to ship, so I went downtown and got myself a red kippah :D

The idea of writing open-source software for a living, & web components at that, is just flabbergasting. It's an incredible privilege & a wonderful opportunity. I owe many thanks to too many people to list here, although I've been in touch with you privately already - Thank you!
Principal Front-End Developer, Red Hat
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