Join us on the bright side! “We want you: Automattic is hiring in 2013”

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As Krista so eloquently wrote it:

We expect to hire 60 new Automatticians in 2013. We’re a distributed company: Automatticians work from home, their local coffee shop, co-working spaces — the location in the world where they’re most comfortable and productive. Our hiring pool is planet Earth.

Via We want you: Automattic is hiring in 2013 — Blog — WordPress.com.

WP Plugin Challenge: Who Wants to be a Five-Thousander?

From Jeff Chandler’s “Calais Offers WordPress Plugin Bounty“:

Calais which is a metadata generation web service that is powered by Reuters is offering up a $5,000.00 bounty to anyone who can develop a plugin that meets the following criteria: tag auto suggestion, semantic cloud, GUID incorporation.

I can’t go for this one, having other immediate priorities and commitments, but it sounds like a neat and challenging project to tackle.

PDO 2: Request for Comments

From “php.pdo: PDO 2: Request for Comments“:

It became apparent over the past year or so that PDO has been a good and valuable addition to PHP. Like JDBC in the Java world, PDO offers similar advantages, such as consistent data access APIs and better consistency across the various drivers. It has also become clear that there is still room for improvement around the functionality, consistency and broader vendor support for PDO.

I love PDO. My only real pet peeve with it is that it wasn’t right in PHP 1.0.

I’m looking forward to see some of the proposed improvements come to life.

Digg is Hiring LAMP Programmers

From Joe’s shout:

It’s 6PM on a Thursday night and I’m about ready to head over to the Open Web Awards presented by Mashables.com to celebrate Digg’s wins with a few of my fellow Diggers. The only downer is that we don’t have more Diggers to share the fruits of our labor with.

I went to San Francisco last June to meet with the Digg team, and I can certify that if you have the skills, already live in the area or are willing to move there, you MUST apply. It’s not just for show, this team really rocks!

Unfortunately (arguably), I can’t move to SF, family and all, so this one’s not for me.

Plank: PHP/MySQL Developer Needed

As Stevey points out, Plank is looking for a creative and motivated LAMP developer to join the team. See below for the full cross-posted skinny, and pass the word if you know someone who might be interested.

Want to work in our growing Web agency with great people, great clients, and a great working environment? Of course you do!

Plank is actively looking to add to our Montreal-based team. Whether you’re completely self-taught or have multiple degrees in Computer Science, we’re only concerned that you have the skills needed to perform the job. We need someone who is interested in working on exciting Web projects, generally in the fields of entertainment, technology and social action.

Your tasks will include:

  1. Development of website back-ends and interesting Web applications;
  2. Building on and working with our existing code base.

Our Expectations
We’re looking for someone fun! But seriously, you should have the following:

  • 2+ years of related experience;
  • Strong background in PHP and MySQL;
  • Experience in AJAX, DHTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, XML, will be an asset;
  • Knowledge of open-source CMS’s such as Drupal and WordPress will be an asset;
  • Knowledge of open-source PHP frameworks such as CodeIgniter will be an asset;
  • Willingness to work locally in our Montreal office.

We are a close-knit company that continues to grow, and we need your skills. We want you to be part of our team for a long time to come. We offer a competitive salary, normal business hours, a comprehensive health and dental plan, and a great work environment.

If you think you would like to be part of the Plank team, please email your CV and cover letter to warren@plankdesign.com. If you would like to learn more about us, please surf around http://www.plankdesign.com.

We hope you’ll join us.

Hours: Full-Time
This job is salaried.

You can also check out Warren’s video for a previously posted position if you’d like to get a feel for what Plank is all about.