engineers

  • Do Software Engineers Get Enough Respect?

    Do Software Engineers Get Enough Respect?

    “For software engineers, life must seem like it keeps getting better,” cheerleads CNet. Glassdoor agrees: our median salary is now $85K, and six figures in San Francisco. And everyone predicts that demand for our talents is skyrocketing. So what is one to make of a recent claim that, as a class, we are downtrodden, disrespected, and disenfranchised? …Actually, the guy kind of… Read More

  • Opbeat Nets $2.7M From Facebook, Instagram Founders And More To Give Developers A Control Center For “Web Ops”

    Opbeat Nets $2.7M From Facebook, Instagram Founders And More To Give Developers A Control Center For “Web Ops”

    While it’s apparently becoming easier and easier to become a developer — judging, at least, by the number of “learn to code!” platforms popping up by the month — the role of a lead developer and engineer within a young tech company has become increasingly demanding over the last five years. The job description now includes an expanding (and diverse) set of… Read More

  • The Technical Interview Is Dead (And No One Should Mourn)

    The Technical Interview Is Dead (And No One Should Mourn)

    Allow me just a little self-congratulation. Two years ago I wrote “Why The New Guy Can’t Code,” about my contempt for the standard industry interview procedure for software engineers, condemning Microsoft and Google in particular for their brain-teasing riddles and binary search questions. And lo and behold, this week Google’s head of HR admitted: “Brainteasers are… Read More

  • Square Open Sources Squash, Its Internal Bug Analysis Tool For Developers

    Square Open Sources Squash, Its Internal Bug Analysis Tool For Developers

    For all of you developers out there, you know how difficult it is to manage all of the bugs that pop up in the code that you push on a daily basis. Sometimes, you just don’t know when things will go wrong in production, so you have to be nimble and at the ready to fix quickly. Managing that workflow can be as difficult as fixing the code itself. Payment company Square has built an… Read More

  • Valley to Detroit: Motor City Woos Laid-Off Yahoo Employees

    Valley to Detroit: Motor City Woos Laid-Off Yahoo Employees

    Last week, Yahoo announced that it would cut 2,000 jobs. Given the employee shortage in Silicon Valley, most of the qualified engineers that lost their jobs in this round of cuts will likely land on their feet pretty quickly. For those who just had enough of the Valley, though, Detroit-based Quicken Loans and its family of companies is offering these former Yahoo employees (and anybody else… Read More

  • Japan is running out of engineers!

    Japan is running out of engineers!

    Looks like Japan is running out of engineers, the guys who design all the neat high-tech toys (among other things) so many of us fawn over. And you can blame “Western” ideology for the shortage. Young Japanese are fleeing the sciences, including mathematics and engineering, to pursue “easy” careers like banking, finance or the arts. Whereas post-WWII Japan was all… Read More

  • Order this beer pong table NOW!!!

    I played a lot of beer pong and flipper in college. It was fun, but it got a little unsanitary when people forgot to wash the balls after each throw. Drinking beer with whatever filth is on the table or floor is disgusting. My alma mater had a huge contingent of engineers and quite a few of them were in my fraternity, which makes me wonder why none of them thought of this contraption made by… Read More

  • Palm Hires iPod/Finder Programmer

    Palm Hires iPod/Finder Programmer


    High on a desert plateau, Apple’s headquarters bristles with sensors and weapons systems. They let scientists in but they don’t let them out. Turner is a mercenary, a corporate extraction specialist who was recently put back together after getting hit by a slamhound. His memory is intact, but he’s a different person – cold, mechanical, and in it only for the… Read More