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Tiptoe Through the Open Source Tulips
Challenges that open source developers might incur during a job search

A job search can be one of the most daunting challenges one faces in his lifetime. Fortunately, the current economy offers a plentiful supply of opportunities. Even with that said, a number of factors always come into play like which company should I choose, and should I relocate for an exciting opportunity, or what opportunity is best for my career, and does the opportunity give me the chance to work with the technology I'm interested in? It's imperative that you discuss these factors openly so you aren't misdirecting people or wasting their time.

If you engage in "mind games" with the company, it can have a negative impact on your moving forward. I can't stress enough how careful you must be. If you turn a company off because you want to negotiate after accepting the position, word might get around about your less-than-professional manner.

Is the landscape different for you if you're an open source developer? When I say open source developer, I mean a real open source developer. A lot of people have thrown that title around as the open source community gained steam. I'm not talking about someone with the title Linux kernel engineer who's really doing mostly proprietary module work that's kept strictly inside the organization. No, I'm talking about a Linux kernel engineer who's modifying or engaging in new development to take an open source project to its next evolutionary stage and who's submitting code to a particular project for inclusion.

I've pondered on this for a while, and there's no other industry to compare it to. Are developers who open their work to the public more at risk over how they behaved during a job search than proprietary developers? I tend to think they are, but this is something I continue to explore.

First I want to discuss a closed source scenario. I'll call this candidate Joe. Joe has been looking for a job and he thinks he's come across one that's right for him. Throughout the interview process, he felt comfortable with the company and thinks it's good for his career. He's offered the job and accepts. He has a start date and everything's looking up. But then Joe gets nervous about relocating which happens to be mandatory with this position, and Joe has known that for weeks on end, but then he decides he should be better compensated if he's going to move.

So Joe contacts the company and discusses it with them. It's a week before he's scheduled to start and the company has made plans around him, since he is critical to the team. He stresses that he's gotten a little apprehensive about the move. They're less than thrilled that he's bringing this up now (again, he's known it for weeks), but they're willing to work with him to some extent because he's critical hire. After much discussion, it's agreed he can spend part of his time in the office and part of it telecommuting. The company isn't happy at the last-minute glitch but at least everything's back on track again.

The next day Joe drops another bombshell. He calls up and tells them that he was just offered another position and it's for $10,000 more than they offered him. He asks if they'll match the new offer. Now the company is starting to have some bad feelings about Joe. They wonder if they match the price will this be the end of his demands. They tell Joe no, primarily because of the compensation structure at the company. They explain it to him and stress their bonus program and remind him of the upward mobility that was so critical to Joe during the interview process. Joe tells them he'll have to think about it and get back to them the next day.

Joe calls the next day and their worst fears are realized. Joe has decided to accept the other offer. They're irate. They have product deadlines to meet, and Joe was supposed to get them up to speed so they could meet their deadlines. They've invested a lot of time, money, and resources in recruiting him; their backup candidates are no longer available; and they're literally back to square one so naturally there's going to be ill will.

If this happened in the proprietary world, the effects on Joe's career might be minimal. He may never run into these people again though it's still more than likely it'll come back to haunt him.

Now, let's pretend that the situation happened in an open source environment. Does that change the repercussions? Does it become a matter not of if it will affect Joe moving forward, but how much it will affect him? I don't have any specific examples, but I can foresee it happening. We've seen it plenty of times in the proprietary world, and I believe it's truer in the open source world. I think the impact can be more detrimental than the developer knows.

I think the challenge for open source developers is that they are tied to two organizations, the company they work for and the quasi-organization of the open source project that they spend their time on and dedicate their code to. Both parties have to be appeased. It's like organizations that have a matrix-style reporting structure where employees report to multiple people. It can be a problem for employees if issues aren't discussed openly and honestly and if everyone isn't on the same page. If one manager gives you a good performance review and another doesn't, it's very hard to get to the next stage of your career. I've seen it multiple times.

Getting back to Joe, let's pretend for argument's sake that the individuals within the company who are looking for a coder are prominent open source developers. One maintains a project that Joe has contributed to in the past, and the other one is a senior-level developer he's been collaborating with on another project. Joe handles himself the same as before, and creates a lot of animosity and folks are left in the lurch.

It seems to me that Joe's actions imperil his ability to collaborate with these guys in the future. After all, we are talking about human beings trying to work with one another despite the hard feelings. Since these developers are more senior than Joe, it seems to me Joe could have a lot of problems getting his code accepted into the project. It's hard to get ahead in the proprietary world without the guy ahead of you looking out for you. Doesn't the same hold true the way open source projects are structured? Wouldn't a patch from Joe get more scrutiny even if it's a potential solution? I sure think it's possible, even though open source development is about making software as good as humanly possible and not letting outside events influence that. Or, does everyone involved just let bygones be bygones and move on? It is, after all, a matter of trust.

So, the question remains, does Joe's actions affect his status in the open source community? I have given you my thoughts, but it's open to discussion. As I said, I don't have any specific examples to go by, just human nature. Fortunately for us, most job searches we've done that had a truly open source bent to them haven't resulted in any animosity. It would be great if that was always the case, but I don't believe that's possible. We're dealing with human beings after all. At the end of the day, it's my hope that open source software continues to deliver a superior product and that the best code always gets in. I'm just curious if that's the case.

If you are interested in providing your thoughts, please visit our IRC channel at irc.freenode.net#hotlinuxjobs. I'd enjoy hearing from open source developers on the subject.

About Brent Marinaccio
Brent Marinaccio has been with HotLinuxJobs since its inception in early 2000. HotLinuxJobs is a recruiting firm that specializes in the placement of Linux/Open Source professionals. As director of open source recruiting, Brent has gained considerable insight in the subtleties of recruiting in the Open Source world.

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identify the sources of event storms and performance anomalies will require automated, real-time root-cause analysis. I think Enterprise Management Associates said it well: “The data and metrics collected at instrumentation points across the application ecosystem are essential to performance monitoring and root cause analysis. However, analytics capable of transforming data and metrics into an application-focused report or dashboards are what separates actual application monitoring from relatively simple silo monitoring.
One problem that all developers and companies struggle with is trying to decide if they should "build it" or "buy it". Software developers love to build things. That is what we do! Their natural reaction tends to lean towards building things. We are also always up for a new challenge. There are very good reasons for building or buying software. There are also good reasons to use open source projects, which is a third option.
These days, no matter what task you’re trying to accomplish within your online properties, chances are there’s at least one cloud solution that provides it. However, with so much of our personal and business data living now online, there’s perhaps no functionality more important than cloud security. With cyber attacks more prevalent than ever, it’s imperative that organizations – regardless of their size and scope – protect both themselves and their clients from nefarious individuals who prey on unsecured networks and data.
MongoDB, an open-source document store and most popular NoSQL database on the market today, offers a variety of advanced features to administer security over your MongoDB deployments. In this tutorial post, we’re going to show you how to set up role-based access control (RBAC) to manage user access across your MongoDB systems for reIndex, mongodump and mongorestore. If you're the administrator of your MongoDB databases, you've likely received requests to provide an individual user with the capabilities to perform a certain action(s). MongoDB's security features are fairly mature now, and allo...
Quick quiz! What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the following phrases? Artificial grass Artificial sweeteners Artificial flavors Artificial plants
The benefits of automation are well documented; it increases productivity, cuts cost and minimizes errors. It eliminates repetitive manual tasks, freeing us up to be more innovative. By that logic, surely, we should automate everything possible, right? So, is attempting to automate everything a sensible - even feasible - goal? In a word: no. Consider this your short guide as to what to automate and what not to automate.
The rule of thumb for network security today is that there is no perimeter anymore. An outsider can easily become an insider once perimeter security is breached. Every day, attackers find new ways to breach enterprise perimeter security through ransomware, malware or phishing through social engineering. This is not to suggest that all is lost. Rather, organizations can defeat cybercriminals, in part, by better managing what has already been put in place. As an example of what can go wrong if that doesn’t happen, consider the following story.
Cavirin Systems has just announced C2, a SaaS offering designed to bring continuous security assessment and remediation to hybrid environments, containers, and data centers. Cavirin C2 is deployed within Amazon Web Services (AWS) and features a flexible licensing model for easy scalability and clear pay-as-you-go pricing. Although native to AWS, it also supports assessment and remediation of virtual or container instances within Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), or on-premise. By drawing on a comprehensive library of curated industry guidelines, control frameworks, and best practi...
Let's do a visualization exercise. Imagine it's December 31, 2018, and you're ringing in the New Year with your friends and family. You think back on everything that you accomplished in the last year: your company's revenue is through the roof thanks to the success of your product, and you were promoted to Lead Developer. 2019 is poised to be an even bigger year for your company because you have the tools and insight to scale as quickly as demand requires. You're a happy human, and it's not just because of the bubbly in your glass. Now how does one turn this visualization into reality? You st...
"Opsani helps the enterprise adopt containers, help them move their infrastructure into this modern world of DevOps, accelerate the delivery of new features into production, and really get them going on the container path," explained Ross Schibler, CEO of Opsani, and Peter Nickolov, CTO of Opsani, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Troubleshooting a problem on a remote server, especially in production, is not an easy task. Sometimes it involves debugging the application code directly on the server. But the production servers are usually run in a strict environment, where not all convenient developer tools are available. In this article, you'll discover how to configure a running web server and debug your application using standard facilities provided by the Java platform.
Developing mobile apps has never been an easy task. Creating a mobile app for iOS means owning strong programming skills about Objective-C or Swift and knowing their APIs. Android-based apps are not so different: you have to know Java and the Android Platform and its API. The learning curve is not fast and it includes how to create nice and interactive user interfaces, connecting embedded features like GPS, camera, showing maps, images and so forth.
The nature of test environments is inherently temporary—you set up an environment, run through an automated test suite, and then tear down the environment. If you can reduce the cycle time for this process down to hours or minutes, then you may be able to cut your test environment budgets considerably. The impact of cloud adoption on test environments is a valuable advancement in both cost savings and agility. The on-demand model takes advantage of public cloud APIs requiring only payment for the time needed to run automated tests. In this framework, success depends on two things: automated i...
BnkToTheFuture.com is the largest online investment platform for investing in FinTech, Bitcoin and Blockchain companies. We believe the future of finance looks very different from the past and we aim to invest and provide trading opportunities for qualifying investors that want to build a portfolio in the sector in compliance with international financial regulations.
Digital experience monitoring plays a vital role in the ecommerce economy. The industry is booming with millions of websites selling everything imaginable. Online stores are expected to be super fast and easy to navigate; users are quick to assess website performance and if said perceived performance is below expectations, they will quickly move on to competitor’s website.
The question before companies today is not whether to become intelligent, it’s a question of how and how fast. The key is to adopt and deploy an intelligent application strategy while simultaneously preparing to scale that intelligence. In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sangeeta Chakraborty, Chief Customer Officer at Ayasdi, provided a tactical framework to become a truly intelligent enterprise, including how to identify the right applications for AI, how to build a Center of Excellence to operationalize the intelligence and how to implement a strategy to scale efforts. She pulled from her ex...
Organizations around the world are struggling to cope with the current data explosion. A vital characteristic of this data is that it is unstructured and represents things like email, images, and videos. Storage of this form of data is typically in an object format which differs significantly from the database norm. Databases housed data grows very slowly because most of it is structured. Object storage formats are now being used to optimize access to large amounts of non-transactional files across a growing number of vertical markets.
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The end of the year is a time for reflection. It’s when most of us are looking back at the choices, accomplishments, and mistakes of the year prior and setting goals to improve the following year. It’s also when businesses analyze the year’s trends and behaviors to determine necessary strategic changes to be made; however, if you aren’t analyzing the right metrics, such reflection is a useless effort. Below is an excerpt from an article provided by Elad Rave, founder and CTO of Teridion, explaining why TTLB (Time to Last Byte) should be one of the performance metrics on your radar.
How much does it cost to make an app is almost as popular a question as it is confusing. No one tries to learn the exact costs of, say, making a movie: people realize that there’s an overwhelming amount of variables involved on which they depend. But almost every day a new inquiry is posted on a tech forum, Quora, or Reddit as to how much it’d take to build a mobile business app.