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Re: [ruby-112] Re: [ruby-112]

From: Miles F.
Sent on: Monday, February 18, 2013 7:47 AM
Just a reminder, the Fraser Valley Ruby Brigade meets every week out in Abbotsford. Our members generally live between Langley and Chilliwack, but we also have some semi-regular attenders from Vancouver, White Rock, and occasionally folks from the States in Bellingham.

Maybe we could plan a joint event between the Vancouver Ruby Meetup and FV.rb. Anyone interested?


On Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 10:09 PM, Lucy Wei <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Jennifer,

I agree with Godfrey on the number of opportunities in Vancouver. I just moved back from London, UK after being away for over two years (also originally from Delta) and I was surprised by the number of growing start-up companies around town. 

I now work for Mobify, the company Godfrey had mentioned, and we're always looking for great engineers!  Here is a job description of one of our roles: back-end engineer

On the topic of credentials, while it's true many Vancouver companies are used to seeing traditional degrees, we also use other ways of assessing a candidate's abilities. At Mobify, we like to see open-source projects that candidate's have worked on (e.g. via Github) or samples of code. This is taken into consideration as well as a candidate's training and experience. Of course we also have technical tests that we administer. :)  

So if you do decide to relocate back to Vancouver, I would suggest having a web presence or contributing to open source projects. This will definitely help in the job search.

Best regards,


On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 9:42 PM, Godfrey Chan <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Jennifer,

I recently moved back from the valley and decided to stay and look for my next opportunity here, so I'll try to answer this based on my experience.

I'm not too sure what a "robust" community looks like, but there are some pretty solid people here and the tech/startup community is definitely growing rapidly.

Yes, the tech talks in the valley are unbeatable, and I do miss having 10 different meetups to choose from whenever I have time. But there seems to be enough interesting things happening here to keep me busy anyways (and I heard from Kalv there are some pretty cool things in the pipeline for the ruby-112). And the good thing about being in a "small" community is that everyone knows everyone else, and people are generally more friendly/helpful.

As for jobs, I think there are plenty of opportunities here if you look in the right places and be proactive about reaching out to the right people/companies. I think I was being pretty selective in my search, but I still found a couple of startups working on some pretty cool stuff that I'm genuinely quite excited about. If you don't care much for startups there are also other "bigger", more established companies at different stages (from Mobify to Clio to Mozilla to Amazon).

Generally, I think good developers, especially good Ruby developers, are hard to find everywhere, and Vancouver is no exception.

[Tangent: I'm not sure how companies here would respond to non-traditional credentials like your program. There are a lot of these floating around these days, and their quality varies. You might have a bit of convincing to do, but once you landed yourself an interview you'll get the chance to prove yourself.]

There's no denying you'll have a lot more options in the Valley and pay are higher there. However, things, especially rent, are also more expensive down there, so the difference might not as big as it seems.

Hope it helps!


On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 8:51 PM, Jennifer Eliuk <[address removed]> wrote:
What's the Vancouver Ruby community like?

I grew up in North Delta and Langley, but live in Denver now to attend school full-time to become a professional developer. It's a really cool program, 6 month intensive on Ruby, Rails, HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, &c.

When I graduate in July I have to decide if I'm going to stay here or relocate. I'm seriously considering moving back home, and am hoping some of you can tell me what the local Ruby community is like.

Do you feel the community is robust?
How are the job prospects?
Do you feel yourself pining away for Silicon Valley or feeling lucky that what you have in Vancouver is really special and growing?

I'm so new to this whole industry I'm not even really sure what to ask, so I hope if you're reading this you can chime in with your own thoughts and advice.

Conversely I'd love to answer any questions about the program I'm in, I would highly, highly recommend it to anyone who wants to become a developer quickly and with a very deep understanding of Ruby.


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