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Server-side Developer Opportunity [Telecommuting OK]

Molly McClure

Joined: Aug 25, 2003
Posts: 9
Please note this is a job opportunity. please feel free to re-post. Thank you for your time.

Please mail results of the programming task below & your resume and hourly rate to molly [at]

we are a recruiting company. we have a client that has this need. Please see the job description as well as a brief task they would like to see the candidate do to ensure he's a good fit for their work. Please let me know if you or someone you know may be a good fit. This can be done remotely; client company is on East Coast.

The ideal candidate should have extensive JavaScript client (YUI preferred) and server-side Java experience.

The project entails writing JSON API services in Java that pull data from a document-oriented database and makes the information available for the client application. The UI is rendered entirely in JavaScript on the client side and the server simply provides JSON APIs.

Experience with documented-orientated databases is not a requirement. Experience with Linux, Ant, Tomcat, Servlets, Hibernate (or another ORM tool) and MySQL is a must.

The ideal candidate will have at least five years of client and server-side development experience.


* Java 1.6
* Linux
* JavaScript
* MongoDB
* YUI 2.8
* TrimPath JS Lib
* Tomcat
* Git

Programming Task : client says: If someone can do this, they can do what we need.

1. Download and start MongoDB
2. Write a program in Java that:
1. Opens a database connection
2. Creates a collection
1. Collection should include the following fields:
1. id (Mongo generated)
2. name (random string)
3. timestamp (use a long field)
4. random number - double (min 0 - max 1,000).
3. Add 100 entries to the collection
4. Iterate over all of the documents in the collection
5. Print the average of all the random numbers
6. Print the sum of all the random numbers
7. Iterate over all documents in the collection and update the timestamp in each document to the current time (in ms).

Please email results of the task above & your resume and hourly rate to molly [at]
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Ilja Preuss

Joined: Jul 11, 2001
Posts: 14112
Moved this from "Agile and Other Processes" to the appropriate forum.

I note that to solve that programming task, I'd need none of the listed tools beside Java or JavaScript and MongoDB. And for a competent developer with "at least five years of client and server-side development experience", it sounds like a quite boring task.

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David Newton

Joined: Sep 29, 2008
Posts: 12617

Yeah, that's a pretty low barrier to entry--OTOH, if that's all the client wants, hey. Too bad I'm not looking.
Jimmy Clark
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Joined: Apr 16, 2008
Posts: 2187
Or, its a pretty fancy way to get someone to do your homework
Tim Holloway
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Joined: Jun 25, 2001
Posts: 17410

James Clarks wrote:Or, its a pretty fancy way to get someone to do your homework

Actually, I've seen similar ads lately. As far as I can tell, they're looking to scoop up cheap talent, by making them audition. Which would beat the traditional industry standard way of just demanding that the applicant claim (i.e., lie)that they've worked with the product since 3 years before it was released. Or, for that matter, possess memorize-and-regurgitate certifications.

However, the problem was that the offered remuneration (when published) wasn't very attractive for the geographic area of the target audience, and, as I've said before, the ability to do complex work can no more be demonstrated by lightweight exercises than a Boy Scout First Aid merit badge indicates a qualification for neurosurgery.

An IDE is no substitute for an Intelligent Developer.
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