ConFoo 2013: Call for Papers is Now Open!

logo_confoo 4828ConFoo is one of the most important developer-oriented conferences. ConFoo 2013 will be held on February 25 through March 1 in Montreal, Canada. The team has opened its call for papers. Candidates can submit proposals until September 23. Consult the call for papers page for details and to start submitting. That page also explains what expenses ConFoo can cover for speakers. You can also get advice on how to write proposals. The call for papers is public, meaning that all proposals get published on the website for others to vote and comment on. This approach allows the organizers to pick subjects that have most interest in the community. The comments are only visible to speakers and organizers to avoid influencing the votes. To stay in touch via Twitter, follow @confooca and use the #confoo tag. You can also help promote the event with these cool Read more…


More than 100 speakers planned at ConFoo.ca!

More than 100 speakers planned at ConFoo.ca! 2145Since its origins as a conference for php developers, ConFoo has evolved into Montréal's biggest web conference for developers, if not Canada's biggest tech conference. They've unveiled today an enormous lineup of speakers for the upcoming 2011 edition, with more than 100 speakers (currently 110), from Montréal and Canada of course, but also a solid contingent of speakers from Europe and the USA in open source software, web technologies, php, ruby, python etc. 110 speakers is a lot for a 3 day conference, practically twice as much as this year's. Attendees will have to miss a majority of the presentations. I just hope we will find out a way to get the best presentations, such as pointing out those who will be there to teach and help attendees about a new technology, compared to those who'd just be there to sell out what they are doing (or sell who   Read more…


Temphunt finds jobs for temps

Temphunt finds jobs for temps 2135Currently in beta version, TempHunt aims to create a marketplace of temporary jobs. Anyone can fill a profile with their skills and availability, and then companies can find them through TempHunt's search engine. The experience is informal compared to other job boards. It's a fresh approach in an industry where profiles are verified, long and complicated conditions have to be followed and where you have to be recommended or friended by all of your friends before being able to do anything. TempHunt fills the gap between craigslist's anarchy and linkedin's complexity. Started by Amir Lehrer, TempHunt is a Montreal-based venture, and is currently focused on the New York city market, a much more dynamic and bigger market than Montreal's. Amir states they are still developing new features for the search engine and they will also launch soon a version at temphunt.ca. As the popularity grows, power hunters will be charged   Read more…


The Bonery stores your servers’ configuration

The Bonery stores your servers’ configuration 2128The Bonery is an online key-value store, designed for sys-admins and developers so that they can have environment variables and server configuration data in the cloud, and not anymore on a single computer. At its core, it's a key-value store, a thin HTTP wrapper around Redis, avalaible online with an API key. It bonery was only released publicly last week by Delano Mandelbaum after 1 year of inhouse testing. It's a fitting piece of equipment for those who have to setup frequently applications and servers. It might not be much use for a single developer who controls one application on one single server, but as we move to more complex applications, with cloud providers such as Amazon EC2 requiring advanced sysadmin skills, the Bonery looks like it will solve lots of headaches in deployment -- and will also save you when servers crash and you have to get instances   Read more…


Job Listing: Rails guy/girl @ FetLife

Job Listing: Rails guy/girl @ FetLife 1962Company: FetLife Position: Rails guy/girl Responsibilites and Tasks: About FetLife In a very short time, FetLife has become the world's most popular social network for kinky people. With over 540,000 members and over 150 million monthly pageviews, we're only getting bigger, and fast. FetLife is run by a bunch of geeks who just want to make a difference in this world by writing sexy code and designing intuitive interfaces. We thrive on making stuff that people love using. And we're looking for people just like us to join our family. If you want to work on a site that hundreds of thousands of people use religiously, and work with peers who take enormous pride in their work, there is probably no better family to join. And it's true, anyone can talk to the talk. But, we walk the walk. We contribute to open source. We speak at conferences. That's just how we roll.
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Best of MontrealHackers.com, Part 3

Best of MontrealHackers.com, Part 3 1934The last 3 weeks were quite calm on MontrealHackers.com since most of the hackers (including me) took some time off during these weeks. Nevertheless, here is a few interesting posts that I enjoyed reading during that time: Jonathan Palardy explains how to use Bundler in a non-Rails app. Jérôme Gravel-Niquet, the creator of Ostrich, gives a very interesting technical overview of his app. That covers the front-end and also the back-end of Ostrich. Cedric Dugas explains how to apply a binary search algorithm in Javascript. Can be useful for seaching data in large arrays. Rob Britton wrote another geeky post about fractals algorithmic: Introducing the L-Systems. Good reading! See you in two weeks!   Read more…