JustAddHeat: Django/Python Web Developer (Contract, Part-Time)

September 25, 2008

Just Add Heat is looking for a web developer to do some hourly Django and Python contract work for their online storefront/reservation system on an as-needed basis:

  • Experience developing consumer facing web applications.
  • Experience working with Python, JavaScript. Bonus points for Django and/or Prototype.
  • Knowledge of relational database concepts and patterns. Bonus points for MySQL.
  • Familiarity with internet protocols like HTTP, REST and JSON.
  • Familiarity with Unix-based operating systems.

The Good
There’s not a ton of Django and Python work in Toronto, and that alone is enough for some people.  It’s also nice to have a good chance to see what you’d be working on before you agree to do so.  Lots of jobs and contracts don’t give you that opportunity.

The Bad
It’s intermediate work, there isn’t a lot of it.  

Your mileage may vary when it comes to doing part-time work, but if you’re already a free-lancer working with multiple clients, and you’ve got some time free, this is just the sort of thing you’d want to see.

Your mileage may also vary when it comes to describing REST or JSON as an internet protocol, but at least you’re dealing with someone who’s heard of REST and JSON. 

In Summary
This is basically custom-made for the freelancer-type — people doing contract work, but not locked into long full-time contract work where you can’t squeeze any time in for any other clients.  If that sounds like you and you know Python, and possibly Django, this could be interesting.


Part-Time Architect

May 2, 2008

My laptop’s A/C adapter has died, so my normal access has vanished.  I’ll be resolving that one way or another shortly (new laptop, or replacement A/C adapter), but in the meantime, expect fewer postings to show up for the next few days.

In the vein of the morbidly curious, someone is looking for a Systems Architect to work part-time, but at least thirty hours a week.  Based on the tone of the posting, I’m suspicious that they’re not expecting to pay very much, and they’re hoping to find a “partner” for what they’ve decided will be “one of the leading green Internet companies.”

Without a lot more information on who these people are and why they believe they’ll be succesful, there’s not much to go on.  Personally, I’m inclined to think that if you’re willing to dedicate thirty hours a week or more to a side project, you might as well make it a project of your own, but if you don’t have one of your own in mind, perhaps you’re the right kind of person to talk to these people.


February 12, 2008
  • Empirical‘s looking for a CTO.  Empirical calls themselves dialogue architects, which as I understand it, is marketing-eze for ‘Marketing’.
  • A lead platform architect for a company tackling VOIP/SIP sounds like an interesting opportunity, particularly if you know something about the protocols they’re looking for.
  • There’s not much detail here, and what there is worries me a little.  I guess I’m skeptical of model-driven development claims.  Still, if you believe in MDA, it sounds like the compensation’s good and the role is ‘strategic’.
  • It’s interesting that Canadian Tire is using ESB.  Looks like it’s a big-vendor solution based on websphere message broker, but still.  It’d be interesting to have a few more details.  It’s also interesting that they feel compelled to explain ESB to potential candidates.
  • I have to admit, Part-Time Software Architect seems a little odd.  I can mentally invent scenarios where this makes sense (e.g. small startup wants expertise they can’t afford), but … you just don’t see postings like this very often.