Rob Bender
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Web Development

These are some of the web sites that I have worked on at various jobs or freelance. Sites that are no longer up have had their links removed but the references remain. For a sample of some of the non-web projects I've worked on, see my Projects section.

Thomas Scientific
Thomas Scientific is the 3rd largest scientific supply company in the world. This was an elaborate Enterprise Java project which included e-commerce, backend mainframe communication, image processing, a custom WYSIWYG catalog design tool and importing over 2000 pages of legacy catalog data.

Wilmad-LabGlass manufacturers and sells glassware for use in scientific research.

Philadelphia Rapid Transit
Another site developed with Java Servlets/JSP. Contrary to the company's name, they actually sell hats.
An e-commerce site developed in ColdFusion and features integrated FedEx shipping.

Save The Sameric Theatre
The Sameric is Philadelphia's last movie palace and has been closed since Spring of 2002. I volunteered to create the website for a local group trying to save and restore this Philly landmark.

Concrete Ships
After a trip to Cape May, NJ, I became fascinated with the wreck of an experimental WWI ship built from concrete. I found a good deal of information and photos about this ship and its fleet on the web, so I decided to gather it all into one place.

The Global Asylum
My own personal humor site and the home of the award-winning Shrine to Don Knotts - more fun than a sinking boat full of TV executive producers! This site was developed using the open-source Python Zope server.

The Blair Witch Webfest
The webfest was a three day long online webcast to promote the Blair Witch sequel. The site featured video, chat, auctions, contests, games and even file-sharing. The webfest UI was fairly unique too. It allowed users to pick between one, two or three panes on content and to pick which content was in each pane. A user could watch video, chat and play trivia at the same time.

Coleman Folding Trailers
This was a collaborative project with Centre of the Web. I developed a Java/JSP backend that generated HTML and some rather complex JavaScript based on trailer data stored in an XML file.

ARIS Corporation of America
I worked co-op for a year for ARIS Corporation after my co-op at Raytheon ended. Besides being a promotional tool, the site also featured interactive forms so our financial consultants could apply for various investment accounts for their clients directly online.

BFL is one of the many sites I worked on for E-Commerce Solutions. My work included the product search engine and a Python-based template system for publishing sites from a database-driven catalog. Marketplace
Probably the most popular site created by E-Commerce Solutions using my Python template-publishing system.

My first job in New York City was for an internet startup that tried to sell web animations online.

Raytheon Systems Company / HRB Systems
For a year and a half, I worked co-op for a division of Raytheon called HRB Systems. In that time, I developed much of their intranet as well as their public site. After significant corporate restructuring at Raytheon, HRB was combined with others divisions and our public website taken down.

Transportation Management Systems, Inc
TMSI was another division of Raytheon located in the same complex as HRB, so I was able to develop their website as well.

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 1999
I developed this non-profit site for the CPFA which holds an arts and crafts festival in State College, PA.

4th of July Fireworks, State College, PA 1999
Another non-profit community site for one of the largest fireworks displays in North America.

First Night™ State College 1998
A family-oriented New Years celebration.

Penn State Student Activity Server
For a year, I administered the web server that housed the websites of most of the university's student organizations.

Mineral Springs Bottled Water
The first commercial website back in 1997 was for Mineral Springs, a bottles water company that offerred custom labels for companies, events, etc.