Flux: Java Developer (Telecommute)

August 19, 2008

Flux was looking for some Java Developers to telecommute:

We’re a company called Flux. Our customers are experienced Java developers. They use their JSE, JEE, and application server skills every day, just like you. They use our software so they don’t have to build out a Java job scheduler, file transfer engine, and workflow engine, which is precisely what our software does.

We’ve been around since 2000, and we are profitable.

We actually need two Java developers, and because we want the very best, most experienced Java developers we can find, we’re looking anywhere in the world. We’ll start on a consulting/contracting basis, since you may live in Belize and we don’t know what the employment laws in Belize are.

The job isn’t up on the joelonsoftware board anymore, so it may be closed.  I won’t go into it in detail.  I’ll note that Flux got a write-up recently as having a two-year benefit of a two-week paid vacation for two to anywhere in the world, which is pretty cool.

Ultimately, I’m not totally sold on their product space, but their approach to hiring was interesting enough to catch my eye anyway.


The Hive: Ruby on Rails

April 11, 2008

The Hive is looking for a Ruby on Rails developer and they’re putting word on the street through several recruiters.  They’re looking for someone with a pretty in-depth background in Ruby and Rails, but if that’s your thing, and you don’t mind working from home, they may be worth a call:

Strong experience developing in the Ruby on Rails framework with operational examples of prior work.
Strong understanding of MySQL 4.1 and beyond
Background in developing for GNU/Linux or Unix-like platforms for mission-critical production deployments
Operational code published and still in production
Strong analytical and logical thinking capability
Must have excellent layout and design abilities
Strong experience developing for Mac OS X

Always A Plus
Object oriented programming experience in PHP with operational examples of prior work
Experience with MySQL 5.x, MySQL replication, MySQL Cluster
High-availability and scalable network service deployment
Expertise with MVC, HTML, CSS2, Javascript, AJAX, Templating, caching, sessions, and authentication
GNU/Linux optimization, security and network administration
Secure coding practices
Experience with running Apache or other Unix-based web servers in a production environment

The Hive’s website goes into some details about the company, but this posting doesn’t:

Our Client is a virtual organization. They log in from their homes, nearby offices, one of theirglobal office locations, or wherever they have an internet connection.

The Good
Well, they’re a little cagey about salary, but the rest of the package sounds pretty generous (full benefits, dual 30″ displays, etc.), so this side may pan out in the end.  After all, they don’t have the overhead cost of office space, which adds up fast.

The Bad
Their biggest and baddest application seems to be a dating service.  That’s not everyone’s cup of tea.  Much like Toronto’s ALM, you may have to decide if this is work you want to do.

The posting is pretty low on information in all categories.  You’re basically going to have to follow up if you’re interested to get enough information just to find out what the role is, what the compensation is, what the work will be, etc.

I’m not sure how everyone feels about working from home.  Some people see it as a plus, many people seem to feel it’s a negative.

In Summary
If you think you’ve got the background and the chops to impress them with your operational ruby expertise, and you’re willing to work from home, it seems worth further investigation, but it’s hard to offer anything more concrete than that.  It is, at least, intriguing.

Telecommute Mac OS / Java

February 20, 2008

I’ve got to admit, I’m a little confused why this position requires client-side Java/MacOS experience and human interface guidelines with SWT, but also wants Tomcat experience.  A little more detail would help me understand if this is some kind of client-server application that’s limited to (or emphasizing the Mac) or … something else entirely.

If telecommute’s your thing and you’ve got a background in Mac development, this could be an interesting choice.  More information about the company, the work and the compensation would be required to take this beyond mildly interesting.