REI Systems Job Fair

Update to information in the earlier announcement...

There are over 45 positions to be filled and here are just a few of them:
 Android Application Developers
 Application Programmers
 Business Analysts
 Database Development Engineers
 iPhone Application Developers
 Java Developers
 Linux System Administrators
 Principal Engineers
 Quality Assurance Engineers
 Report Developers
 SharePoint Developers
 Software Engineers
 Systems Security Administrators
 Web Designers

Check out the earlier announcement below for more information. REI does development with both Microsoft and open source systems, so if you have any skills either way, it may be worth your time to take a look.


Senior System Administrator (Linux) - Washington, DC

We currently have a Long Term Contract to Hire opportunity for a Lead System Administrator (Linux) with our client located in Washington, DC

Our client a Fortune 500 media company is developing software to make the TV viewing experience more personal, intuitive, searchable and customizable. The client work environment is very casual and a cool place to hang around and be surrounded by technical professional who are passionate about their work and congregate to bounce ideas off each other.

Job Description
• will be primarily responsible for supporting the large enterprise/Hosting environment that provides production customer web presence.
• Will be responsible for providing production & development support for the installed hosting systems infrastructure.
• Provide technical, functional & administrative consultation & support for projects, initiatives and inquiries.

Google Wave Notes, (1) Extension Types

Google Wave in it's current release version appears to support two types of extensions:
  • Robots: Apps that run outside the wave, and are contacted by the wave (mono-directional).
  • Gadgets: Apps that live inside the wave and have shared state between wave participants.
For robots the extension libraries are predictably in Python and Java and currently only use the Google App Engine as their application server. The Gadgets on the other hand are written in HTML, CSS and Javascript, are subject to a public display condition and work primarily on the "wave" object (shared state). [personal note] This offers an interesting set of tools for a developer to create extensions, which are claimed to be first class citizens within the wave. It's reassuring that there is mention of how development has not kept to the standard API's but is mostly compatible with them. This may either mean a forking away from standards in the future,

Presentation materials from Novembers iPhone presentation by John Franklin

Here is the bundle of stuff that was presented at the November meeting including the step by step PDF. See attached file.

Objective-C Classes

If you are familiar with object-oriented programming, then you'll find Obejctive-C classes to be an easy concept to grasp. Each language has a different way of handling objects and object classes, any particular language may not support all features, but the base concepts are all similar.

Quick and Dirty IUP on Linux

I've posted a book on the site that will show you how to quickly set up IUP on your Linux box.


Government Grants For Home Repair

There are thousands upon thousands of homeowners right now that are desperately trying to sell their homes. Many homes need extra work done to them in order to strengthen their value but for financial reasons families cannot make the necessary upgrades to their homes. The government already understands this predicament that many are faced with which is why government grants for home repair has been instituted.

Government grants for home repair were designed to assist homeowners who basically do not have the financial resources to make very necessary upgrades on their home to hopefully cause their home to sell. There is already a plethora of foreclosures in the US market so it is to the homeowners benefit to take advantage of government grant money so you can hopefully sell your home.

Objective-C Basics

The first thing you need is to set up your build environment. For most of these examples, you can use any OS that supports GCC. If you're running on Mac OS X, install the development tools and you're done. For Ubuntu or Fedora, install the appropriate compiler packages and any dependencies. On Ubuntu, the build-essential package works well. For Fedora, install the Developer Tools grouplist and the gcc-objc package.

You'll also need the Foundation framework libraries and headers. Ubuntu keeps these in the libgnustep-base and libgnustep-base-dev packages. Fedora calls it gnustep-base-devel. Fedora also requires the gcc-objc package on top of the Developers Tools grouplist.

If you already know 'C', then you have a good basis for Objective-C. As the name implies, Objective-C is an extension of C, much like C++ is. Here is our first example source file example1.m: