Jobs: Lisp and Python programmers wanted in the LA area

Discussion in 'Python' started by Tech HR, Feb 26, 2007.

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    Tech HR Guest

    Smart Charter Inc. is a dynamic new startup company aiming to
    revolutionize the purchase and sale of private aviation services. If you
    are ready for a challenging ground-floor opportunity with significant
    upside potential you've come to the right place. We are not your typical
    dotcom. We have a razor-sharp focus on an existing multi-billion-dollar
    market. We are well funded, and have the connections and the technical
    expertise we need to revolutionize an industry.

    We are looking for people who are highly motivated and passionate about
    their work, and able to produce high quality code within a fast paced
    development environment.

    We are hiring for the following positions:

    € Senior software engineer -- Ideal candidate would have significant
    development experience, possibly an advanced degree in computer science
    or related field, experience developing planning & scheduling or
    operations software using linear programming and heuristic search
    methods. Proficiency in multiple languages including (but not limited
    to) C++, Python and Common Lisp would also be desirable.

    € Windows software engineer -- This person will be responsible for
    integrating elements of our products into multiple existing Windows
    applications. An ideal candidate would have experience in development
    for the PC platform, in multiple tool suites, including Visual Useful skills include the ability to work within existing
    interfaces, protocols, and code structures and to work with extensively
    with database applications.

    € Web developer, senior web developer, system administrator -- Our
    website is currently a LAMP appication with P=Python. We are looking for
    bright motivated people who know or are willing to learn Python and/or
    Linux, Apache and MySQL system administration skills. (And if you want
    to convince us that we should switch over to Postgres, we're willing to

    We are more interested in smarts, passion, and a willingness to learn
    new things than specific credentials. If you are interested in joining
    us drop us a line at: tech-hr at
    Tech HR, Feb 26, 2007
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    dixkey Guest

    This is more out of curiosity, but does it mean that you wouldn't be
    to listen about a switch from Python to Lisp?
    dixkey, Feb 26, 2007
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    Tech HR Guest

    No, it doesn't mean that. In fact, there is a significant faction in
    the technical staff (including the CTO) who would like nothing better
    than to be able to use Lisp instead of Python. But we have some pretty
    compelling reasons to stick with Python, not least of which is that it
    is turning out to be very hard to find Lisp programmers. (Actually,
    it's turning out to be hard to find Python programmers too, but it's
    easier to train a Java programmer or a Perler on Python than Lisp. We
    also have fair bit of infrastructure built up in Python at this point.)

    But we're a very young company (barely six months old at this point) so
    we're willing to listen to most anything at this point. (We're using
    Darcs for revision control. Haskell, anyone?)
    Tech HR, Feb 26, 2007
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    John Nagle Guest

    As someone who knows both languages, I'd stay with Python, although
    trying to do heavy number crunching in a naive interpreter may be a problem.

    That's a tough scheduling problem. It took about a year for the
    NetJets people to develop their application for it.

    John Nagle
    John Nagle, Feb 26, 2007
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    Bruce Lewis Guest

    Is this speculation or experience? If it was experience, what Lisp were
    you trying to train Java programmers in, and what problems did you
    Bruce Lewis, Feb 26, 2007
  6. Tell us, where you would expect an applicant for one or more of these
    jobs to live if they accepted a job with your firm? It's not at all
    apparent from your website or job descriptions where the worksite is
    physically located.

    Ray Dillinger, Feb 26, 2007
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    Ken Tilton Guest

    Ah, you must lack courage in your convictions. Unless you plan on being
    out of business in six months, Do the Right Thing. Use the best
    language. Then worry about little things like libraries and filling seats.

    There is a great saying, "Think you can or think you cannot, either way
    you will be right." Something like that.
    Place two ads, both for "Java/Perl/C programmers". One looking for folks
    willing to learn Python, one for those willing to learn Lisp. I
    guarantee you respondents to the second group will be more fun to go
    bar-hopping with. Oh, and twice as good at programming as the first group.

    You are solving the wrong problem. "lisp is the best language and we
    cannot find Lisp programmers." The problem is not the choice of Lisp,
    the problem is finding people to program Lisp. They do not have to be
    Lisp programmers with certified scorched areas from being flamed by me
    on c.l.l. They just need to be great programmers, in any language.

    Choosing Lisp will make all of you twenty to one hundred percent happier
    to go to work each day and stay a little longer each night to grind out
    CFFI bindings for the libs you need. Hiring a good programmer to learn
    Lisp will have them putting in about a hundred hours a week and loving
    it. Tap into the energy, man.
    Do I tell you my problems?



    Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and
    I'm happy to state I finally won out over it.
    -- Elwood P. Dowd

    In this world, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.
    -- Elwood's Mom
    Ken Tilton, Feb 26, 2007
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    I think CLisp and Python have different enough application areas, so
    often where one is fit the other can't be much fit. Doing number
    crunching or heavy processing, or lot of symbolic/pattern processing
    with Python isn't positive (using Pyrex, Psyco, and numpy may help
    solve a small part of such problems). If you want to do some kind of
    html, text processing, and various other things Python may be a better

    bearophileHUGS, Feb 26, 2007
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    Paul Rubin Guest

    There's a lot of Python users around these days, and moving from Lisp
    to Python is very easy. The other way around is maybe a little harder
    but shouldn't be too bad.

    You know about I presume.

    Also: and may
    have more pointers to such things.
    Haskell is really a lot different and I think the implementations
    aren't as mature as Lisp or Python implementations. Maybe you want to
    think about SML or OCaml.
    Paul Rubin, Feb 26, 2007
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    Dan Bensen Guest

    Are your technical problems simple enough to be solved by Python trainees?
    Dan Bensen, Feb 26, 2007
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    Aahz Guest

    If they're already good programmers, yes.
    Aahz, Feb 27, 2007
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    Dan Bensen Guest

    Sure, but who are these good programmers (coming from Java or Perl)?
    Do you have a list of them? The employer needs to know how many
    not-so-good programmers they have to interview before they find one
    who's good enough. It depends on how hard the programming is.
    Dan Bensen, Feb 27, 2007
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    Tech HR Guest

    We are in the Los Angeles area. (We've added a note at the bottom of
    the jobs page on our web site.) I can't be more specific at this time
    because we are in the process of finding permanent office space. Our
    temporary offices are in Santa Monica. We're hoping to find space near
    the Van Nuys airport, but the commercial real estate market here is very
    tight right now.
    Tech HR, Feb 27, 2007
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    Tech HR Guest

    Some are. Some aren't. That's why we're using Lisp too :)
    Tech HR, Feb 27, 2007
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    Tech HR Guest

    Tech HR, Feb 27, 2007
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    Tech HR Guest

    A little of both. We're a pretty young company :)
    Tech HR, Feb 27, 2007
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    Tech HR Guest

    Actually, it just occurred to me that the company location was also in
    the subject line of this thread ;-)
    Tech HR, Feb 27, 2007
  18. Right, so they should hire Python programmers who know Lisp too. This
    is not
    so uncommon, we have at least three people here where I work.

    Michele Simionato
    Michele Simionato, Feb 27, 2007
  19. Who is the CTO?

    Wade Humeniuk, Feb 27, 2007
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    dixkey Guest

    Don't you people have Google in your villag^W universe?
    dixkey, Feb 27, 2007
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