David Siegel wants to build his film app in Rails

David Siegel has been working on an interesting database for the structure of films:

Some people know me as a type designer, a web designer, an entrepreneur, author, or public speaker. Few people know that for the past 20 years i’ve been working on building a database of story structure information taken from popular Hollywood films. I now have an assistant, Kevin, and together we are cranking out the data. It’s a lot of work. Each film has a potential 3,000 data items associated with it. In the past two years, we have managed to complete 100 films. We are rolling now and hope to have 200 by the end of this 2005. We do all the data gathering in excel.

He’s looking to team up with one or more Railers on either pay or barter basis:

I am looking for people to help. I want to put the project on the right footing (i.e., Ruby on Rails) and work with good people to realize it. I am willing to pay, but I would love to find a group that will barter with me for my user-interface and design skills. I can help with client projects and bring a lot of credibility to any team doing web development work. If you are a group of good engineers/programmers/developers with big projects and you need a partner to help with design/interface issues, this would be a very good fit.

See more at his posting for the Story Structure Project.

Odeo is hiring another Rails developer

I didn’t line them all up for this, I swear. But Rails positions are just emerging from everywhere. Today its the imminent podcasting venture know as Odeo that’s looking for another teammate:

Our main application uses Ruby on Rails, so either experience with that or the ability to learn quickly is required. However, more important requirements include: Extensive experience developing web applications, especially the back-end of high-scalability, consumer-oriented sites. Interest in joining a risky, by-the-seat-of-the-pants startup with minimal bennies, in exchange for tons of impact, minimal bureaucracy, and some decent upside potential.

More on the Odeo blog.

More Rails jobs: Adaptive Path, Check Giant

Adaptive Path is in need of some extra talent, writes Michael Buffington:

If you’re interested in a pretty aggressive project and you’re good with Ruby on Rails, drop me a line. The project will only last a couple of weeks but will be intense. We’ll expect you to develop code for our application, but also build tools that you can give away to the community at large. The schedule requires that we move quickly, so please make sure you’re able to start as early as next Monday and work hard until the end of May or thereabouts.

Check Giant, LLC, a finanial services start-up from Lake Bluff, Illinois is looking too:

Will be involved in architectural discussions and be asked to implement parts of the system. It will be important for the candidate to be able to take on a project independently and ensure its success. The ideal candidate will be fluent in Ruby as well as Rails. Experience in Javascript and CSS is desirable as is AJAX. SQL is a must, with experience in MySQL and Postgres being big pluses. Experience with Unix a must. A degree in Computer Science, Engineering or relevant experience. Write in plain text to jobs@cashnetusa.com

Rails job for Hollywood streaming application

Now don’t tell me there’s no glitz or glamour working with Rails. Tom Wolf from World of Wonder is looking to hire a Rails programmer to build a video delivery system in Ruby on Rails. Straight out of Hollywood:

We are looking for a freelance developer who can help us with a large web project involving video delivery, user accounts, content management and online purchasing.

The developer should have experience building modern, scalable and manageable web applications with ruby. Experience with quicktime streaming sever a plus.

The project is in its initial stages of design, so this is an opportunity for you to put your own ideas into action. Please send an email to twolf@worldofwonder.net for more information.

Learn Portuguese from a Rails application

Tim Case has recently launched theVerbalizer. It’s a learning tool for getting into Portuguese using a method of remembering verbs as the prime driver. Very cool stuff. Especially so for me as I’ll be going to Brazil next week for the International Free Software Forum to present about Ruby on Rails.

Three open Rails positions

It’s a great time to have skills with Ruby on Rails. People are dying to hire you:

  • Illanti Industries: Canadian Development company looking for a junior-intermediate RoR developer (read: inexpensive) to work on some small applications with us. Good change to experiment and have fun, with plenty of projects coming in the near future. For more information, contact: public@illanti.com
  • Unknown: We’re looking for a developer with significant rails and Javascript experience for a contract project. The fundamentals of the project are relatively straightforward; we’d like to build a working foundation quickly, and then go forwards from there. We’re looking for someone with very strong web application UI and client-side Javascript development skills. Please contact Adam Marsh — adamjmarsh at yahoo.com

Hiring a Rails developer for northern Germany

Norman Timmler from inlet media e.K. is looking for a Rails developer in northern Germany:

I’m starting a another project for one of my customers and need some
qualified RoR assistance. If you are interested, you should have done an entire Rails project. The user interface will need some nice ajax tricks, so Javascript shouldn’t be a foreign language.

The project is quite interesting and will probably drive Rails to it’s limits. I can’t tell more at this point, but be sure it is no boring thing!

See more in Norman’s posting on the mailing list.

Backpack brings Ajax into Rails

Backpack is the third application from 37signals that’s now available online. Just like Basecamp came birth to Rails itself, Ta-da drove great features like caching, Backpack has been the main driver for a lot of interesting developments in Rails. Most visibly is the incredibly strong support for Ajax interfaces that Rails now sports.

The innerHTML approach with server-side fragment rendering was developed specifically for Backpack and has now been extracted for general use in Rails. It’s joyful to see that the Ajax integration in Rails has caught the interest of so many developers and 37signals is especially thankful for the work of people like Sam Stephenson, Thomas Fuchs, Sean Treadway, and others.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be taking advantage of even more of the Ajax innovation happening in Rails, such as the upload progress indicator and the Google Suggest-style searching. In the meanwhile, do checkout Backpack as the currently best example of the wonders of Ajax in Rails.