Monday, February 23, 2009

We are hiring...

Propylon have some vacancies for committed IT professionals to work with me and my team in the USA. We are based out of Lawrence, Kansas (yes, the place Django was invented) and working in an embedded team with the Kansas State Legislature in Topeka, about 20 mins by car from Lawrence.

The opportunities are for docheads. Seriously, you really need to be comfortable working with complex document-centric workflows and automation in order to enjoy this job and you need to enjoy it to be good at it :-)

OpenOffice, XML, StarBasic, Python/Jython, Java, XQuery, XSLT...

Experience in legal/regulatory environments a distinct advantage.

You can find out more about us at http://www.propylon.com.

No recruitment agencies please.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Draconian measures - again

Avery Pennarun is pondering XML's contribution to the genre of Programmers and Sadomasochism.

For those interested in this subject http://diveintomark.org/archives/2004/01/16/draconianism is a useful springboard.

The use case that ill sits with Postel's Law is the one where I'm sending you the XML message needed to change the parameters of the [nuclear reactor/medical monitor/industrial process/zillion dollar fund transfer exchange] and you get duff XML. Should you be liberal in what you accept?