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M.C. Horn

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I now have an opening for a mid-level developer. I was able to hire three outstanding candidates with my earlier posting for Jr developers, so figure why not try again ? Thanks

Mark
16 years ago
Anyone is welcome to apply. We will sponsor, but there will be no additional weight given due to cost or anything else. I am looking for the right people, don't care where you are from. I will hire the most promising based on abilities. That person may be from accross town or accross the ocean.

Thanks for the interest,

Mark
16 years ago
I have an opening or two with my company in Sarasota, Florida. I am not a recruiter but the actual development manager, so if you send your resume I will see it. We are primarily an IBM shop and are looking for some folks with 1-2 years experience with the aptitude and desire to learn. I am certified myself in several areas and know the type of developer who would fit well into our group. Must be a hard core programmer type with initiative. This position will require some travel within the state and could lead to a solid long term career. Degree preferred, but will hire the developer not the degree. Great entry level opportunity for the right person.

mark.horn@bipt.com
16 years ago
I appreciate all of the interest, but this is an old posting that has some how made it back to the top of the list, and the position was filled some time ago. BIPT is alive and well. I will update if we have any further openings.
Thanks
17 years ago
We have an opening with my company that requires an experienced Java/J2EE developer. Websphere and DB2 experience are a plus. Must be able to communicate and work as a team player. Solid small company with a solid future. Salary DOE. Great opportunity.Send your info to: mark.horn@bipt.com.
18 years ago
Maybe someone out there has done this successfully, or knows the pitfalls. I would like to use a JSP response in the following manner:
byte[] pdfBytes = report.pdfBytes();
// send the pdf bytes to the response
response.setContentType("application/pdf");
response.setContentLength(pdfBytes.length);
ServletOutputStream out = response.getOutputStream();
out.write(pdfBytes);
out.close();
The intent here is to use a JSP in place of a Servlet to write pdf reports. I haven't tried it yet, but have a feeling there is something wrong with my approach. Thanks ahead of time !
18 years ago
JSP
You don't say what your background and years of experience are, but I do know contract rates are down a bit, ranging from 32-40 per hour here in Florida. Rufus was on target with some of his comments, it pays to be flexible, non-offending, and quick to quietly take the initiative. I usually try to identify the alpha dog first (so I know who I have to please), then try to stick with a good customer service approach in dealing with everyone period. Share your knowledge willingly and often with those you support. You could easily find yourself in a mentor role.
18 years ago
Thanks for all of the feedback. I was hoping for diverse opinions from others in the same field. I was hired as a new Grad at Harris Corp in Melbourne, Fl, and spent three years there before being lured 90 miles away with a big pay increase. The company that lured me away, tanked after a year, and hence I ended up on the contracting merry go round. I have a B.S., a couple of relevant certs, and a great track record. I have fallen a little behind in the Web Services area, and do not have any EJB 2.0 implementations under my belt, but have done some pretty interesting projects with XML/XSLT/XPATH being used with MQSeries and EJB1.1 (mainframe integration). I am kind of leaning toward assessing whether it would be a good place to work, while I continue my education, whether it be via a Masters program or technical certs. The main plus about a Masters degree is it could provide an opportunity to teach at some local colleges. I have always enjoyed teaching. Rufus, you should also know, I am an older dog (retired Army officer), not real long in tooth, but can relate really well to the long in tooth !
18 years ago
I have been contracting for the past year and it appears I will be entering the job market due to budget constraints with my current client. I have been in this field for about six years and have several successful projects under my belt. I live in Florida which typically pays less because of a lower cost of living. So far the numbers here seem to be pretty low in the current local market. Any accurate resources out there to assess what would be a fair salary ? One company is talking about 60K with good benifits. I was making more than that three years ago. I am just wondering if this company is shooting low, or if this is fair now. It would be about a 20k pay cut.
They do however offer a stable environment and pay for grad school, which I want to complete. Any input or URL's would be appreciated.
18 years ago
You Java stud !!! (no offense intended for all the Java goddeses out there, this is intended as an equal opportunity atta boy)
18 years ago
I took the SWCD yesterday and scored relatively well (89), but what an adventure ! When I arrived at the testing center there was an eviction notice on the door ! No one at Prometric had called or anything ! Luckily I was able to go to another center near by and get it out of the way, although I was not in the mood any more. When I arrived back at my desk there was a message from a Prometric rep saying they would have to reschedule my exam because the test center was having connection problems. Yeah, I guess it's kind of hard to get a connection when you have been evicted ! Anyway I thought the test was kind of challenging, but I was kind of ragged by the time I actually took it. Finding a new test center was kind of stressfull, and I was missing time on the job because of it. Use the Manning kit but have a real understanding of the stuff or you could run into problems. I've been programming for quite a while and felt it was a challenge. But then again I have never have liked tests, I get pretty edgy.
18 years ago
You did not mention whether this was a contract or perm position. If it was a contract, many times the staffing firm wants to generate revenue as quickly as possible. I have been pushed similarly because I was actually finishing up someone else's contract, and the agency needed to shove someone in there quickly to generate revenue. I didn't mind because it got me closer to home, and my family. Also the market was tough, very tough. If it was a perm position with a good company, you should wonder a bit.
18 years ago
I think it is important to determine what your objectives are when taking any certification exam. I have been doing java development for about six years and have just recently started knocking out some certs. Why? Because I do not want to get overlooked because I lack them. For a beginning programmer starting out, the developer's cert is definitely valuable because you will learn from the experience as well as provide a bit of validation via the cert. The job market is very competitive, and is getting very specialized. I am taking the JWCD tomorrow and find that the study required for the test has shored up my overall knowledge a bit. In this business you must plan to always continually educate and re-educate yourself, by doing your own projects, work projects, and reading about what other folks are doing. When I interview someone I look at initiative as well as experience. The developer's cert indicates more initiative because you have to do a lot more home work to get through it. I also recommend looking to IBM for some certifications that are a bit less generic and more comprehensive. Quite a few employers are looking for Webspere related experience. Most of the folks on this board who indicate what they look for and what they value, are pros in the field. Unfortunately the actual person who interviews you will not be one of these moderators. If so you could cut to the chase rather quickly and save a lot of time.
Can you suggest any additional resources ? Congrats on passing !!! I am using the same resources you used. Thanks !!
19 years ago
Sam,
I have been working in the industry for about six years now, and really think all of the things you mentioned will certainly help once things pick up a bit. Which direction you take is really a matter of personal choice, for I have seen no perfect educational path for success. The masters degree should be more of a long term goal that you can chip away at once you are gaining the work experience. Right now you need to continue learning to be productive, and how to solve real world problems you can encounter in the work place. Jumping around between technologies such as .NET and Java will divide and conquer your time somewhat, and you could turn out being fair at both, but good at niether. Keep working on your Java skills, get really good at working with J2EE and understanding design and architecture. These skills will translate well, a little later when you want to adapt .NET.
19 years ago