GameSpot and TV are hiring

A shameless plug for CNET… We’re hiring a few Senior Software Engineers for, and Yes, that’s a Sr SE positions for each of those sites. We’re raising the bar and looking to bring on some powerful coders to expand the functionality of our sites. Here’s a brief list of the job skill requirements:

Must Have:

  • Expert PHP skills, bonus for RoR
  • 5-7 years of real world experience engineering web solutions for LAMP stacks
  • Strong relational DB knowledge (table optimization, query optimization)
  • Ability to prioritize and lead multiple simultaneous projects effectively
  • Excellent understanding of OO software engineering concepts
  • Ability to arhitect solid, scalable, extensible solutions for SE needs
  • Excited by working on high-level design and architecture
  • Comfortable mentoring junior engineers
  • Expereince with formal release processes
  • Strong verbal, written, analytical and communication skills

Bonus for:

  • Admin experience with MySQL, Apache, SVN
  • Background developing in a more structured language (C, C++, Java, etc)
  • At least 3 years experience in high-traffic/high-availability web sites
  • Strong UI experience with javaScript and AJAX using mootools or other JS Frameworks
  • Experience with following technologies: Memcached, Smarty, SOLR, Lucene, Zend Framework

If you think you have what it takes, head over to our Jobs site and apply:

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This post was written by Michael Tougeron on May 29, 2008

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MySQL Conf 2008 – PHP/DBUnit (Day 2)

I started off the day today listening to the keynotes at the MySQL Conference. Unfortunately I had to work on something so I wasn’t able to really pay attention. πŸ™ I hope I didn’t miss anything important.

After the keynotes, I decided to start off with the Testing PHP/MySQL Applications with PHPUnit/DbUnit session by Sebastian Bermann. I know I should already be using PHPUnit, but honestly I’ve never gotten around to it. I’m hoping that this will give me the kick in the ass that I need to start. πŸ˜›

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This post was written by Michael Tougeron on April 15, 2008

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April SF PHP Meetup – symfony

Wow, I just realized how long it has been since I last posted here. It has been a crazy few weeks. Everything from setting up the baby furniture to fixing my rental condo, taxes to layoffs at CNET and more. I’m beat.

Anway to the topic at hand…

April’s PHP Meetup is looking like it will have another great turn out. The group just keeps growing and growing. Our average attendance for the last two months have been over 70 people! I still have a hard time believing that this many shy, techie geeks like me actually show up. πŸ˜›

April’s topic will be run by Dustin Whittle from Yahoo! and will be about the symfony framework. He’ll be doing a brief overview of the framework and then walk people through setting up a site. If you’re planning on attending, bring your laptop and code along with us.

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This post was written by Michael Tougeron on March 28, 2008

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Feb 2008 PHP Meetup – Terry Chay: OOps! The PHP Fear and Loathing Guide to OO Design

We have a topic now for February’s PHP Meetup thanks to Terry Chay.Β  He’s going to clean up and update a talk he has on object-orientated PHP programming and give it to the group on Feb 7th.

Terry has had a strong presence in the last couple of meetups; they probably wouldn’t have been successes without him.Β  This talk should be pretty interesting and should draw a good sized crowd.

On a side note, what’s up with lately and their email system?Β  It used to be I’d email the group and it’d arrive in my inbox a few minutes later.Β  Still nothing.Β  Weird.

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This post was written by Michael Tougeron on January 18, 2008

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last night’s geekSessions 1.3

Last night’s geekSession as pretty interesting. The panel of PHP superstars knew their stuff (of course) and gave a high level 15 minute talk. For some reason I always enjoy watching when panelist debate back and forth over what the best approach is. Like when Lucas @ was talking about a few milliseconds of speed and Sara Golemon @ Yahoo! said it didn’t matter. πŸ˜› All in good humor and it highlights that there are many solutions to the same problem. Some may work and be essential for one company and not make a difference for others. Facebook does get a shit load of traffic so they’re always looking to get that extra little bit out of things.

It was nice to meet Cal Henderson, I love his book about site scalability “Building Scalable Web Sites: Building, scaling, and optimizing the next generation of web applications” I highly recommend buying it if you haven’t already. Of course I didn’t want to be a groupie or anything so I didn’t tell him that. Wanted to though. πŸ˜›

I didn’t get an opportunity to talk with Andrei; I didn’t recognize him (stupid eyes) and it was too noisy to really hear his introduction. I a bit too shy to try to re-introduce myself.

Surprisingly Terry Chay was quite quiet. Didn’t stop the speakers from cussing for him. Really glad he introduced me to Lucas though. That was a big help.

Speaking of Lucas, he’s working on a new talk and wants to try it out before going to the conferences with it. He’s thinking about bringing it to the PHP Meetup in the next couple of months to see how it goes. I hope that happens, bringing more well known PHP names to the group will help take it to the next level.

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This post was written by Michael Tougeron on January 16, 2008

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