Mark Feffer

Mark Feffer is the Managing Editor of Dice. He started as a videotape editor back when there was videotape to edit, then joined the news desk at Dow Jones News/Retrieval, the company's first online product. He produced The Wall Street Journal's first multimedia CD-ROMs and published his novel, "September," in 2006. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, their fierce terrier, and a schnauzer who wonders why she ever left California. He's a member of the Project Management Institute.

4 Things Making Life Easier for PHP Developers

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Though some developers have walked away from PHP and aren’t looking back, InfoWorld’s Serdar Yegulalp notes that the last several years have seen changes that make the PHP world a more pleasant place to be. He thinks these four are the most important: Click here to see PHP-related jobs. Package Management Rather than depend on the notably difficult PEAR (PHP Extension and Application Repository) for package management, you can now use Composer, which tracks packages on a project-by-project basis, making… continue…

Take a Breath When the Interviewer Makes a Mistake

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Tip of the Day Interviews have crazy dynamics because everything is, quite literally, a test. Hyman Rickover, the father of the nuclear submarine, used to seat his interviewees in a chair that had the two front legs slightly shortened, just to see how they’d react. Granted, Rickover was known as a high-pressure guy, but whoever you’re meeting with, few things equal a job interview for making you feel like you’re under a microscope. Click here to see project manager jobs.… continue…

Amazon Sues Ex-AWS Manager for Jump to Google

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In a case technology employers are sure to follow closely, Amazon has sued former Amazon Web Services Strategic Partnership Manager Zoltan Szabadi for breaking the non-compete agreement he signed when he first joined the company. Szabadi now works at the rival Google Cloud Platform. Click here to see cloud services jobs. The lawsuit is seen as a test of the employment agreements tech companies usually require to protect themselves when an employee departs. Amazon filed the suit in Seattle, since… continue…

Pay Attention to Termination Clauses

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Tip of the Day Though it may seem odd, before you start a new job you should think about what happens if you decide to leave. Most employment agreements contain some kind of language governing terminations and an employee’s rights and obligations in the event they depart on their own. Click here to see networking jobs. Some attorneys say that understanding what constitutes grounds for termination may be the most important thing you do. For example, if the agreement says… continue…

Resumes and Cover Letters are a Package Deal

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  Tip of the Day Cover letters and resumes work best as a package, with the cover letter acting as an introduction to the skills and experience described in your resume. Every hiring manager is different, but for what it’s worth let me share how I use the two in combination: I scan the cover letter quickly, then go on to the resume and give that a quick read. Then I go back to the cover letter and read it… continue…

Before Jumping, Be Sure You’ve Got a Startup’s Personality

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Tip of the Day If you’re toying with the idea of joining a startup, a little self-analysis is in order. Otherwise, the leap could be your downfall. Click here to see engineering jobs. Typically, there are two types of engineers who thrive during a startup’s early stages: those who are driven to develop a product people will use, and those who itch to build the next big company. There’s also a third type: Engineers who get a rush from being… continue…

Dallas Sees Jump in Developer Talent Pool

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The number of software developers living around Dallas has grown dramatically over the last several years, encouraging technology companies to locate in the area and increasing the pace of local hiring. In 2013, the number of computer and software programming jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area had more than doubled to 23,193 when compared to 10,387 in 2003, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data published in the Dallas Morning News. Click here to see Dallas-area… continue…

Diversity’s Not So Hot in the Game Business, Either

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Young and hip as it may be, the world of game development is as white and male as the rest of tech, according to a report from the International Game Developers Association. The organization’s 2014 Developer Satisfaction Survey found that a full 79 percent of developers are white, followed by 8.2 percent Hispanic/Latino, 7.5 percent Asian and 2.5 percent black. The IDGA says this represents a slightly better diversity picture than was seen in 2005, when 83.3 percent of the… continue…

Turn a Bad Interview into Something Good

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  Tip of the Day Sometimes it happens: You know in the first minutes of the interview that you’re not a good fit. That doesn’t mean your visit has to be a complete waste of time, trhough. Make the most of it and treat the meeting like an informational interview. Click here to see Agile-related jobs. Ask about other job openings or future needs at the company that might be a better fit for your skills and experience. After all,… continue…

Surprise! Facebook’s Workforce is White and Male, Too

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Facebook has released figures showing the diversity of its workforce and, as with Google and Yahoo before it, the numbers depict a company that’s overwhelmingly male and white. Men constitute 69 percent of the company’s overall employee base, and 85 percent of the technical team. Fifty seven percent of the overall workforce is white, while 34 percent is Asian, 4 percent is Hispanic and 2 percent is black. Looking at technical employees, 53 percent are white, 41 percent are Asian,… continue…