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Best Practices: Change is all You Need

If you put ten engineers in a room and ask them about best practices, you’re probably going to get at least 20 opinions. If you ask them again six months or a year later, you’ll get a new set of 20 opinions, and there won’t be a whole lot of overlap. So herewith is the only best practice I’ve been able to stick with: It’s all going to change, so be ready. continue…

Trends

Software Engineering as a career is a juggernaut. In 2011, it was described as the best job in America by CNN, U.S. News and World Report and others. Why? High pay, good work environment and a whole lot of hiring. So where are all these software engineers going? What are they doing, and how do they get there? continue…

Job Hunting Tips for Engineers

You love being a software engineer and you’d like that to continue. There’s just one small problem: You need, or want, a new job. The good news is that the market for software engineers in the U.S. is pretty hot. Here some things to consider as you plan your strategy. continue…

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Big Data Widens Opportunities for Business Analysts

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One of the newest trends in business analysis is the melding of the BA and BI roles – where BAs become more like data-centric business intelligence analysts, similar to data scientists. As more companies jump onto the Big Data wagon, the widening need for data may breathe new life into the business analysis role, opening more avenues of responsibilities — and corresponding increases in salaries as a result. Click here to find business analyst jobs. Most BAs have technology and… continue…

How One Apple Employee Survived a Steve Jobs Product Review

Posted In Working in Tech
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In the popular conception, the late Steve Jobs is a megalomaniacal jerk who screamed, bullied, and pushed until he got whatever he wanted. But according to Don Melton, who started the Safari and WebKit projects at Apple, Jobs was a bit misunderstood. “Steve was not some mercurial ogre or cartoon autocrat. He was just very, very busy,” Melton wrote in a recent posting on his personal site. “He didn’t have time for ‘yes men,’ the easily frightened, or those who… continue…

How to Get a Job at HomeAdvisor

Posted In Looking in Tech
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The home-maintenance website HomeAdvisor offers comprehensive tools and resources that connect homeowners with a network of 85,000 pre-screened home improvement and repair service professionals. Headquartered in Golden, Colo., the company has over 1,200 employees globally, with 1,000 of them in Denver and Lenexa, Kan. Currently, it has some 100 technical and product team members, and open positions including junior-level Java developer, mid-level QA staff, senior-level platform automation professionals, and systems and network engineering roles. The company’s tech recruiters, Tanya Jones… continue…

In Seattle: Amazon Expands, Microsoft Adapts

Posted In Looking in Tech
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What’s New This Quarter Should Microsoft leave Seattle and head for Silicon Valley? That was the provocative question raised by Peter Cohan in a February Forbes column. His theory: Microsoft can no longer innovate, and its best hope is to immerse itself in the feverish environment of the Valley. “The lack of competing opportunity for Microsoft’s talent spurs complacency by employees and management,” he wrote. Of course, Seattleites immediately fired back. “In my opinion, being outside the echo chamber of… continue…

Sample Resume: Hadoop Developer

Posted In Looking in Tech
Anna Burke123 Any St. Apt. 102 LinkedIn ▪ GitHub ▪ Google+ East Brunswick, NJ 00000 000. 555.1212aburke@email.com Profile: Hadoop Stack Developer and Administrator “Transforming large, unruly data sets into competitive advantages” Purveyor of competitive intelligence and holistic, timely analyses of Big Data made possible by the successful installation, configuration and administration of Hadoop ecosystem components and architecture. Two years’ experience installing, configuring, testing Hadoop ecosystem components. Capable of processing large sets of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data and supporting systems… continue…

Google Glass on Sale: Who’s Buying?

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Google has made its Google Glass augmented-reality headsets available for sale April 15. There’s just one catch: It’s a one-day sale, starting at 9 A.M. EST. “Any adult in the U.S. can become an Explorer by visiting our site and purchasing Glass for $1500 + tax—and it now comes with your favorite shade or frame, thanks to feedback from our current Explorers,” reads Google’s official posting on the matter. “The number of spots available is limited, so mark your calendar… continue…

No Bachelor’s Degree? No Problem, in NYC’s Tech Scene

Posted In Looking in Tech
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When it comes to working in New York City’s tech scene, the lack of a bachelor’s degree isn’t an impediment: a recent report (PDF) by the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), NY Tech Meetup (NYTM), Citi, and Google found that 44 percent of jobs in the city’s “tech ecosystem” don’t require a four-year diploma. New York City has spent several years encouraging the growth of “Silicon Alley.” In addition to major tech companies such as Google and Facebook… continue…

Google, Facebook and Dropbox Make Room for NY Hires

Posted In Looking in Tech
New York City
What’s New This Quarter In New York it’s all about real estate, and when a company grabs more square footage it means that things are definitely on the upswing. One good example: Google, which has finally signed an expected deal to grab a massive 360,000 square feet at 85 10th Ave. in the Meatpacking District, not far from its already huge quarters. And starchitect Frank Gehry will be overseeing renovations at 770 Broadway in Astor Place, where Facebook has signed… continue…

3 Ways to Get the Business Skills You Need

Posted In Looking in Tech
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It isn’t enough for software engineers and developers to be masters of coding and development. You also have to be business savvy and an expert in your company’s sector, whether it’s banking, retail or whatever. But getting those skills – both financial and operational – is sometimes easier said than done, especially when you’re siloed off in IT with deadlines bearing down. Fortunately, the answer may be right in front of you. Here’s some things to consider. Click here to… continue…

Amazon’s Fire OS: Worth Your Development Time?

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If rumors (and The Wall Street Journal) prove correct, Amazon will release a smartphone near the end of 2014. Those rumors have percolated for quite some time; in early 2013, for example, Amazon hired a former manager of Microsoft’s Windows Phone developer experience to work on “something secret,” which sparked a flurry of publications proclaiming that such a device was in the works. Click here to find mobile development jobs. Amazon already has a handful of branded devices on the… continue…