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When You Look Up “Technical Evangelist” in the Dictionary…

You see my picture! Well, it’s actually my name. An online German/English dictionary is trying to come up with a good translation of "Technical Evangelist" into German, and I’m the example sentence.

Special thanks to my cube neighbor Dan Theurer for translation assistance.

eBay’s Hiring: DTS SWAT Engineer

Our Developer Technical Support (DTS) group is hiring. DTS helps outside developers use our Web Services APIs. One part of DTS is the Sandbox, our testing environment. In the Sandbox, you can buy and sell all you want, but you don’t need to pay anyone money.

We’re looking to hire a person to “own” the Sandbox, to make sure it runs smoothly. It’s a pretty big job, as the Sandbox is a key part of our Web services offerings. Here’s a more complete list of responsibilities, taken from the job description:

  • Candidate will have primary responsibility of the Sandbox.
  • Debug and diagnose Java, XSL and database issues.
  • Coding and building fixes as necessary.
  • Manage regular code rollouts to the Sandbox.
  • Detect and resolve impacts from upcoming infrastructure and project related changes
  • Work with project teams to identify and follow through on sandbox infrastructure requirements
  • Write automated test scripts to perform regular health-checks of the Sandbox.
  • Maintain public-facing issues list to alert the 3rd parties of Sandbox issues and work-arounds.
  • Manages workload and other assignments efficiently while being able to resolve time-critical situations reliably and professionally.

And here are the requirements:

  • BS/BA in CS or related field.
  • 5+ years experience in requirements analysis, design, coding and unit testing of scalable, distributed, fault-tolerant applications in NT and UNIX environments.
  • Expertise required in object-oriented design methodology and application development in C++, Java and J2EE, including servlets, JSP, Java Beans, EJB, JMS, RMI, JDBC.
  • Project experience with IBM WebSphere or other J2EE application servers required.
  • Project experience with Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP and its development environment, also with Microsoft IIS.
  • Working knowledge of relational databases (prefer Oracle), ISAPI, HTTP/HTML, XML, XSLT and basic NT/UNIX system administration.

If you’re interested, e-mail me. For more details, check out our job site (Warning! Not friendly to non-IE browsers. I’m sorry, but it’s outsourced.) The job title is “Staff DTS SWAT Engineer” and the Requisition # is “4329BR”.

Oh. And you must be able to work in San Jose, CA. No telecommuting.

Folgers Crystals

Yesterday, by co-worker Robert secretly replaced our office’s regular Starbucks coffee with Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

Apparently, he had it imported from home because you can’t get it on the West Coast. I guess you can take the boy out of Chicago, but you can’t take the Chicago out of the boy.

The funny thing — I don’t even drink coffee, but I immediately recognized the smell from my years in Boston.

Wanted: Good Windows Time Tracking Application

In my continual process to work more efficiently, I’m looking for a time tracker application. I do a lot of reactive multitasking, so it’s difficult for me to easily record what I’m doing and how long it takes.

I frequently find myself in the middle of one task and then wind up solving two other problems before I get back to what I was trying to do. I tried keeping a manual log, but I never remember to update it in real time, so I’m forces to guestimate durations.

So, I decided to see if technology can solve my problems. I did a Google search for “time tracker windows”, but there’s lots of links. It’s too hard to tell what’s good and what’s not.

The only real requirement is that it runs under Windows XP (or I guess a Web-based application would be okay, but I’m skeptical). I want to be able to scribble down new “tasks” quickly. Ideally, I’d be able to pop off tasks when they’re done and resume the previous task. I think of my job list as a stack, so I want to be able to push and pop, but that’s not a deal breaker.

The Big Easy

I’m heading down to New Orleans tomorrow for the eBay Developers Conference and eBay Live! The good news is that I’m not on the hook for any talks, so I can sit back and relax.

Well, that’s not completely true. There’s still work to be done. I’m hosting a PHP Round Table, a PHP BOF, and providing some PHP XSL backup for a hands-on lab. Also, I’ll be working the conference listening to developers and gathering feedback.

I’m particularly interested in PHP folks. PayPal developers love PHP and I’m going to try and co-opt them for eBay.

I’ll be blogging the conference over on the O’Reilly Network. Partially because eponymous O’Reilly honcho Tim O’Reilly will be speaking on Wednesday alongside eBay founder Pierre Omydar, and partially because it seems like a fun thing to do.

Now I need to go pack because it’s 11 PM, my plane leaves in 9 hours, and I still need to e-mail back my comments about the index to Upgrading to PHP 5 before I leave.

New Job

I’m happy to say that today is my first day as a Technical Evangelist at eBay. I’m going to be working for Jeffrey McManus to help spread the gospel of eBay and hopefully bring a little PHP and open source knowledge to the team.