Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Mon Dec 2 17:22:46 2013.
Today was my first day at Demonware, a really amazingly cool software company based in Vancouver and Dublin. Demonware writes software that handles matchmaking, leaderboards, and other online services for video game companies, primarily Activision/Blizzard.
My job is a technical writer. It’s a contract position, but hopefully (crosses fingers) it will lead to a full-time gig.
What’s really neat about the company is all the cool tools they use. They will grab any tool if it’s the right one for the job. Just look at the list:
It’s also a really nice place to work. Lots of interesting and smart people work here. There are lot of them to meet. There is a ton of interesting work to do from a technical writing perspective-- tons of complex and powerful systems that could use more documentation. Anyway, I had a great first day on the job.
By xradionut on Wed Dec 4 07:40:58 2013
BTW, don’t see Lisp on the cloud tag, so you may have to slum with us Pythoneers!
By Jeremy Reimer on Wed Dec 4 14:25:47 2013
Well, Python and Erlang are the standard languages, but the company is very much all about using whatever the best tools available are for any task. Erlang is a functional language and as such is very similar to Lisp in syntax. Python is also very similar to Lisp in a lot of ways. So they basically picked the right languages for the job.
I’ll be getting up to speed on Python, of course, but I consider newLISP to be a tool in my arsenal, and I’ll use it wherever it can help me the most. That might just be to write my own tools to do simple scripting (I’ve actually done that already) or it might be to help make prototype web tools, or anything else. This company really doesn’t care that much what tool you use to get a job done, just that you get it done and get it done well. I’m on board with that philosophy.
By Jeremy Reimer on Wed Dec 4 22:44:06 2013
Oh, apparently the prototype for one of the biggest and most innovative pieces of tech was written in LISP, before it was rewritten in Erlang.
By Ajar on Thu Dec 5 09:09:39 2013
Congrats on your new job!
By Jeremy Reimer on Thu Dec 5 14:01:57 2013
Thanks! I’m really enjoying it so far. Seems like a good fit.
By AllYorBaseRBelong2Us on Sat Mar 19 19:13:42 2016
Man, hope it’s going well at the new Gig!
By AllYorBaseRBelong2Us on Sat Mar 19 19:45:38 2016
AYB can’t start a new topic
By Jeremy Reimer on Sun Mar 20 12:15:57 2016
Sorry about that, AYB. Lois reported a similar bug before, but I thought it was a one-off. I’ll look into it.
By AllYorBaseRBelong2Us on Mon Mar 21 05:55:47 2016
Thanks JR, it’s time to Smam about AYB’s new PC
By Jeremy Reimer on Tue Mar 22 15:32:04 2016
I fixed it! Please make your new thread!
I want to hear about AYB’s new PC. I am buying a new PC this year for the Oculus Rift.
By AllYorBaseRBelong2Us on Thu Mar 24 21:40:37 2016
Oculus Rift is a screen you wear in front of your face for VR applications?
AYB would like to see your writeup of it.
By AllYorBaseRBelong2Us on Fri Mar 25 22:25:46 2016
We should use pcpartspicker to configure JR his dreem computar.
By Jeremy Reimer on Sun Mar 27 13:22:55 2016
Yeah I’m waiting until June or so because I’m waiting for the Rift (or Vive, haven’t decided which one yet) and because new nViidia cards are supposed to be coming out soon.
By Jeremy Reimer on Thu May 11 11:00:41 2017
I built my computer!
Actually it was a while back (last year... ack!) but I have been very much enjoying it since then.
It is an i7 6800K, six cores at 3.5 GHz, with a nVidia 1070 GPU. And a HTC Vive headset.
By AllYorBaseRBelong2Us on Wed Aug 9 12:36:57 2017
Still chugging along on the i3 skylake. Also going through vintage computer stuff. Got my old Quadra 650 and B&W G3 set up at the desk along side it.
I just destroyed two expensive Macintosh Floppy drives with a bad disk, though...