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Job: RoR Testing and/or UI Wizards (Redwood City)

From: Rich M.
Sent on: Thursday, March 27, 2008 10:40 PM
We're looking for a couple of RoR programmers to join our
web development team in Redwood City.  We'd particularly like
to find folks with UI (Ajax, CSS, JavaScript, UI design, etc.)
and/or testing chops.  However, any solid RoR developers are
quite welcome to apply.

The Background

My company, Reactrix, makes interactive advertising devices -
free public video games that people actually _like_ to spend
time playing.  There's one at the Sony Metreon in San Francisco
and a couple hundred in other malls and theatres.  This number
is expected to increase dramatically in the current year.

http://www.youtub...­ is a video of our
latest gadget - a wall-mounted, interactive display, using 3D
technology to allow interaction from 15 feet away.  There's a
few dozen other Reactrix videos on YouTube; collect the set!
(You can also visit http://www.reactr...­ for the
official company story.)

As you might imagine, these devices have to be supplied with
content, monitored and controlled, etc.  We do this by means
of some in-house RoR applications, along with Capistrano, Git,
Linux, MySQL, Xen, and other Open Source goodness.

In developing these systems, we've made some Real Efforts at
automated documentation, continuous integration, testing, etc.
However, like many new (and some not so new) software projects,
we also have a substantial amount of technical debt, mostly in
the form of holes in our test suite and glitches in the UI.

The Pitch

As we continue to develop these systems, we'd like to have a
continuous testing system that will give us the confidence to
add features, re-factor, etc.  We'd like this system to be
developed and maintained by someone who is both knowledgeable
and enthusiastic about testing RoR (etc) applications.

So, unlike may firms in the Valley, we are NOT looking for a
low-paid, entry-level "test monkey".  Rather, we want a full
member of the development team, focused on Doing Tests Right.

We're also interested in polishing the UI, both in terms of
its appearance and behavior and also in terms of the way it
is put together.  It works, but it needs a bit of love...

If any of this sounds interesting, please send me a resume.
I'll look it over, correspond with you, and then pass it in
to HR with my assessment.  (Full disclosure - if you get a
job with Reactrix, I get a bonus. :-)


P.S.  We're also looking for a few Linux SysAdmins.  If you
      know any that might find Reactrix interesting, please
      send them along...
http://www.cfcl.c...­            Rich Morin
http://www.cfcl.c...­     [address removed]
http://www.cfcl.c...­     [masked]

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