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Archive for July, 2007

Google Web Toolkit

Writing client javascript is, as far as I am concerned, an intensely irritating, and almost futile exercise. That’s presumably why everyone uses flash (what other explanation can there be?). It almost makes we wish applets had taken off.

GWT to the rescue then – I should love it. And I have played with it for far longer than is warranted by a simple experiment.

There are a few things I think I would want before using this in anger:
– A way of using the restricted API with Eclipse. I’ve become sufficiently addicted it IDEs that waiting for the compiler to tell me just doesn’t cut it anymore.
– A java 5 -> java 1.4 translator I can use on the code, as a pre-processing step, so I can have generics too. Its not like the API differences are going to be relevant here (see above).

I recommend the latest release candidate – treating the ‘Serializable’ interface as equivalent to ‘IsSerializable’ will make the RPC far more convenient, even if the semantics are dubious at best.


No CV?

Although we’ve been very pleased to welcome Felix and Simon in the last few months, and we’re very happy about the return of Sam Jones, we’re still on the lookout for fresh blood.

We really haven’t had much luck with recruiting strangers recently. Simon and Felix both came to us via personal introductions.

We’ve been sifting sadly though the CVs sent by recruiters. There have been a few exceptions, but these nearly always fail to raise a flutter of interest. Typically there’s no sense of the person behind the application, just a very narrow range of experience and interest. We really rely on the slow but steady trickle of CVs we get from people who actually know of LShift, and have perhaps even looked at this website and have actively chosen to apply. This kind of application has a much better chance of success here. We’ve had a few close runs in the past few months. Unfortunately, one of the interesting applicants just disappeared into the ether mid-way through the recruitment process (we’re not that bad surely?). We met someone else we’d hire tomorrow – sadly for us it turned out not to be such good timing for the applicant (yet, i hope). We’ve just heard from another interesting prospect too, but we’d still love to see more applicants like these, and a little bit more luck.

If you know open source and commercial projects, if you’re not afraid of computer science and you know how to complete a project then please cheer us up and get in touch. If you fit the bill but the job described here doesn’t appeal then we’d love to know why.

Also, we’d be very interested to know where all the CVs from women in this industry go – we haven’t seen one for ages.




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