Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson

Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson is a Los Angeles based writer whose work has appeared in the LA Times, Los Angeles magazine, Documentary magazine, Movie City News, and more. Her stories have covered the gamut from IT and healthcare to music and culture.

Strong Growth for Ruby on Rails Developers

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Since its launch in December 2005, Ruby on Rails has become the Web application framework of choice for a wide variety of consumer-facing companies. According to one estimate, over 600,000 websites are now running on Ruby on Rails, threatening Java’s dominance. That’s all good news for RoR developers. Growth Generated Across Sectors “From a macro perspective, Ruby continues to be in really strong demand,” says Doug Schade, principal consultant at WinterWyman Technology Search in Boston. “Last year we did a… continue…

Women Have a Long Way to Go in Open Source

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Despite being a leading force for innovation in the software world, the open source movement lags even behind the rest of technology when it comes to diversity. The percentage of open source contributors who are women is estimated to be as low as 1.5 percent. The 2013 FLOSS survey by GSyc/LibreSoft paints a more promising picture, putting the number at 11 percent. Either way, the gender imbalance is grossly disproportionate. For women, a lack of open source experience can have… continue…

Tips for Landing a Job at Ports America

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Ports America is the largest independent marine terminal operator and stevedore in the country, with operations in every major port in the nation. The New Jersey-based company has approximately 1,100 employees in 80 locations, 105 of them working specifically in technology. Currently, the company is seeking candidates in IT management, database administration and service desk analysis. Human Resources Director Jennifer Shea says candidates should, depending on the job description, have experience with “Microsoft networks and Windows XP/7/2003/2008 operating systems, VPN,… continue…

Job Growth for Python Developers

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Open source and easy to learn, powerful and fast, Python has been ranked among the top eight most popular programming languages in the TIOBE Index since 2008. Not surprisingly, as employers recognize its ease of use and ability to integrate with other software, they’re seeking out Python developers in greater numbers. “We’re on track for continued growth for Python jobs,” says Doug Schade, principal consultant at recruiter WinterWyman in Boston. “We see a bit more Python than Ruby, but the… continue…

How to Get a Job as a Game Level Designer

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In game development, level design — the creation of a game’s logic and progress — can be a tricky entry point for even experienced professionals. But it’s a highly desirable place to be, and also a great launching pad for game designers. As a whole, game studios — particularly those with top shelf titles — are highly competitive and difficult to break into. TJ Summers, co-founder of placement firm Digital Artist Management, notes that employers in the space are project-driven,… continue…

Mobile Growth Pushes Need for Chief Mobile Officers

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The explosive growth in mobile computing has reinvented the way businesses work across platforms. As companies in all sectors continue to develop and improve their mobile strategies, the need for a bridge between IT and the corporate side has become apparent. Enter the chief mobile officer, the technologist-manager who oversees the direction and interaction of all mobile processes and supervises the mobile architecture team. While it’s a relatively new position, organizations that are betting on the mobile marketplace are increasingly… continue…

CRO PAREXEL Looks for These Traits When Hiring

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One of the largest contract research organizations in the world, PAREXEL provides drug development services during all phases of the process, including strategy, clinical trial management, data management, biostatistical analysis, regulatory affairs, medical marketing, training, publishing and advanced e-clinical technology solutions. Based in Waltham Mass., the company operates 76 locations in 50 countries and has 15,000 employees. PAREXEL has IT opportunities in its corporate IT department as well as its technology subsidiary, PAREXEL Informatics. The corporate team currently numbers about… continue…

Can New York Really Be the Next Silicon Valley?

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New York’s tech space has been bubbling for some time, with many local officials, executives and investors betting that the city is poised to become the next Silicon Valley. But even as local technology businesses boom and startups connect themselves to the region’s traditional advertising, media and financial industries, that goal remains elusive, notes the New York Times. For one thing, none of the companies deemed to be breakout stars – like Foursquare, Fab.com and even Tumblr — have lived… continue…

Getting a Job at Real Estate Website Move

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Move is the operator of the Move Network of real estate websites, which provide resources and decision support tools for consumers and real estate professionals to help them navigate all stages of the property-buying cycle. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Move has about 1,000 employees in 11 offices across the U.S., including in Scottsdale, Ariz. and Westlake Village, Calif. Approximately 300 of the company’s employees work in the technology department. Click here to see open positions at Move. Move is… continue…

Will Esolang Help You Get a Job?

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While esoteric programming languages (Esolang) are popular with hackers and enthusiasts, some programmers actually use them for work. One good example is the stack-oriented, “recipe-creating” language Chef. But is having Esolang on your resume beneficial? Maybe. Click here to find Chef jobs. DevOps Says Yes If your goal is a job in DevOps, learning Chef may work in your favor. Moses Sison, head of talent acquisition and human resources at the San Francisco-based startup UberConference, speaks to a lot of… continue…