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Comment Re:Mistake in his resume (Score 1) 103

I completely understand what you mean here. I was really torn about what to say. I went the way I did because I was the creator of the project. I wanted to highlight not only programming skills, but organizational and product design skills as well. Designing an open source project and getting it off the ground takes a different set of skills than contributing to an existing project. If you're the creator of the project you should highlight that. Having said all of that, I really like your copy. It is tight and clear while doing a good job describing what you did.

Submission + - What to Include in Your Open Source Resume (

maximus1 writes: If you're selling skills gained in an open source project you have additional opportunities to shine, say experts in this article. But what is the best way to explain your FOSS experience? "Someone stands out because of how they talk about the project," says Zack Grossbart, author of "The One Minute Commute". His advice is to describe the project, and discuss your contributions in detail. "If you were a committer, what did you do to earn that status? What features did you work on? Did you design new areas, or just implement predefined functions? Did you lead meetings? Define new architecture? Set the project direction?"

If the FOSS experience is part of your background but not a shining beacon or job equivalent, it's common to list it under "other experience." Andy Lester, author of "Land The Tech Job You Love" says: "Think of each project as a freelance job that you've worked on. Just as different freelance gigs have varying sizes and scope, so too does each project to which you contribute. The key is to not lump all your projects under one 'open source work' heading."

Good examples are worth a thousand words. Grossbart offers up his resume as a sound, but not perfect example that includes open source experience. (Note: The resume is at the bottom of the article on how to format your resume.). What resume techniques have worked for you?


Submission + - 37signals and 37signalism (

zgrossbart writes: Have you ever noticed that every few years software companies shift to a whole new paradigm, but don't actually change anything. This is happening right now and it is being driven (somewhat inadvertently) by 37signals. Check out why they'll only change the world a little bit and why the companies who think they're following 37signals are really following 37signalism.

Submission + - IBM wants to read DNA like a barcode (

nk497 writes: IBM scientists are working on ambitious research where nano-sized holes will be drilled into computer chips and DNA passed through to create a 'genetic code reader'. A DNA molecule would be passed through a hole just three nanometers wide, while an electrical sensor "reads" the DNA.

The challenge of the silicon-based 'DNA Transistor' would be to slow and control the motion of the DNA through the hole so the reader could decode what is inside it. IBM claimed that if the project was successful it could make personalised genome analysis as cheap as $100 to $1,000, and compared it to the first ever sequencing done for the Human Genome Project, which cost $3 billion.

Submission + - MIT axes 500-word application essay (

netbuzz writes: No longer will those applying to MIT have to write the storied "long" essay — long as in 500 words. "We wanted to remove that larger-than-life quality to that one essay and take away a bit of the high-stakes nature of that one piece," says the dean of admissions. Not everyone agrees with the bow to brevity, including a current MIT student who penned a scathing critique in The Tech and offers up her own essay as an example of what the forum can provide both MIT and the applicant.

Submission + - Trading code for graphics 1

Zack Grossbart writes: "Every application I write needs icons, logos, and other graphics. Most of these apps are free so I can't pay a graphic designer. I had the great idea of trading code for graphics. Almost every graphic artist has a website and I figure there are programming tasks they need completed. Is this a good idea? Has anyone else had luck bartering code for graphics? Where did you find the designer to trade with? What is a reasonable rate of exchange?"

Submission + - Every Engineer Is (Or Should Be) A Designer (

Zack Grossbart writes: "Aza Raskin of Mozilla Labs once told me: when you split UI designers and programmers you get coders who don't know how to make things work for people and UI designers who don't know how to make things work. I responded by writing Get The Eye, a series of articles to teach engineers how to make things work for people. Any engineer can learn how to design good UI."

Submission + - A Mathematically Perfect Marble Run (

zgrossbart writes: "On a rainy Sunday my wife, my daughter, and I were playing with a marble run toy and we tried to answer a seemingly simple question: what is the mathematically perfect configuration for our daughter's marble run? The answer was more complicated than we thought. Can math, toys, and an overly excited two year old lead to a perfect solution? Find out in The Marble Run: Topology For Two-Year-Olds."

Submission + - The Home Library Problem Solved ( 1

Zack Grossbart writes: "About 18 months ago I posted the following question to Ask SlashDot, "How do you organize a home library with 3,500 books?" I have read all the responses, reviewed most of the available software, and come up with a good solution described in the article The Library Problem. This article discusses various cataloging schemes, reviews cheap barcode scanners, and outlines a complete solution for organizing your home library. Now you can see an Ask SlashDot question with a definitive answer."

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