Archive for 10th July 2008

Job application – fail

Just got a job application rejection from Elastic Path

Not my first rejection, I guess I shouldn’t be too upset by it… but I am!

Via a convoluted path (a workmate of my wife is a friend of a project manager there) I got a “we’re looking for developers” email. Phoned up the project manager who was very friendly and seemed impressed by my experience. They’re a Java shop and I’ve got Java experience but have been concentrating on C# & .NET skills. I pointed this out but he seemed pleased that I at least had a couple of years Java experience.

They’re apparently looking for developers at all levels, although their website only makes specific reference to Senior Developer. The company looks fantastic – their primary product is an ecommerce framework built in Java over a collection of strong open source components. Lots of high profile customers, small & dynamic organization, great technology.

So I sent my resume in. A week later he asks me for my BCIT transcripts… and is impressed by my grades (97% and 98% *buffs fingernails on lapel*)… and then rejects me.

But he was good enough to talk to me about WHY they were rejecting me. Seemed to centre around me not being able to hit the ground running… lack of current experience… maybe I should target intermediate positions etc etc.

All true and valid – but kinda frustrating because I understood that. I was a senior developer for many years but, having been out of the industry for nearly 5 years now, I’m not expecting to jump into a senior role and my cover letter explicitly says that I’m looking for an intermediate position.

Still, what’s done is done. A company I’d really love to work for so I’ll be keeping an eye on them in case they add any intermediate positions in the future as I continue working at updating that skillset.

10th July 2008 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Microsoft XNA

I went to a .NET BC meeting at BCIT last night on XNA. XNA (no it doesn’t really stand for anything) is a Microsoft framework that meshes with .NET and provides specialized support for writing games in C#.

To be honest not really something I’ve been that interested in however it looks quite handy. If you install Visual Studio Express and add XNA studio you can be writing and running games under XP or Vista for free. For a relatively insignificant amount of money you can run your game on an unmodified Xbox360. They’ve also got support for Zune coming soon.

Pat McGee showed us how easy it is to churn out a couple of 3D objects moving around and showed us some of the sample applications that Microsoft supply – which looked pretty amazing. They also provide a number of skeleton games which you can use to build your own application on – for instance a space combat game, a role-playing game etc etc. All you need now is a bright idea!

I ran into Charlie, my old tutor from COMP2690. We had a good old natter after the presentation. He asked me how I’d enjoyed COMP2691 and we discussed the way the tutors are revising the .NET related courses. Some really good ideas coming down the pipeline for the fall or winter terms.

Oh, and get this… a lecture theatre with about 50 people in it and they had 8 items to give away in a draw at the end. The girl sitting immediately in front of me won something, the guy sitting immediately behind me won something and Charlie, sitting immediately to my left, won something. Me? Who’s usually really lucky at this sort of thing? Nothing! Ha – I guess things even out eventually!

10th July 2008 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment


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