ColdFusion Muse

Clarion Call for ColdFusion Developers (Sep. 2016)

CF Webtools is looking to add ColdFusion developers to our expert team. We provide an engaging community, good salary, full benefits and the opportunity to work on interesting code of infinite variety. You have to be proficient in ColdFusion of course (we will test you). You have to have more than just ColdFusion however. Every advanced developer has additional skills sets. We look for expertise in these as they add to our ginormous aggregate brain. Here is an incomplete list of the kinds of things we look for.

  • SQL language skills -If you have to learn one other thing learn this. For you forward thinkers who love ORM and Mongo, sorry. SQL is simply not going anywhere.
  • Java Script libraries - The most popular are jQuery and Angular. Mobile versions of JS libraries are also a plus. If you've never used jQuery get cracking!
  • Bootstrap, Responsive Design and CSS - CSS skills go along with managing your front end code. We aren't looking for designers, but you should be able to work within these techs on the front end.
  • Integrations - If you've worked with popular APIs using REST, oAuth et al that's a plus.
  • Mobile Dev - If you've done native dev on IOS or DROID we like that too!
  • Familiarity with the Stack - more about this below, but if you don't know how CF runs on various platforms, what version of Java it uses, and how it connects to Tomcat, these are areas you should fill in.

Enough of the Hard Stuff - What about Soft Skills?

I'm glad you asked. CF Webtools has four core values.

  • Can-Do Attitude - We are helpful and collaborative with our clients offering solutions and problem solving.
  • Caring community - We are a caring community of family, faith (if you are into that sort of thing) and friendship.
  • Competence - We exude confidence and competence in technical areas.
  • Communication - We over communicate to each other and our clients, preferring sharing and transparency over silos and black boxes.
Right off the bat you can see we need open, competent, helpful and positive people for our team. Here's a list of some other things that often trip up developers looking to join. Hint: Use this as a primer for your interviews.
  • You should be able to setup multiple local environments, or at least not be scratching your head at that phrase. Mac and windows are required. Advanced developers do advanced things like (for example) set up an Apache or IIS web site and connect ColdFusion to it. We see this as indicative of your problem solving ability as well.
  • You should be able to work with SVN or GIT (and no we don't want to see your white paper on why GIT is superior).
  • Maintain positive attitude - We are not looking to hear about your pet technology peeves, your problems with Adobe or why the command line is always superior to a gui. If you are not interested in being a net blessing to a larger group (or if a lack of snark makes you queasy) we are probably not a place for you.
  • Maintain and enhance your skills set - you will be given the opportunity to work on lots of code, different versions, platforms, integrations, libraries and SDLC organization and procedure. Everyone of these is a growth opportunity. If that has you licking your chops climb aboard.
  • Balance - We like devs who have a full life. If you enjoy fencing, equestrian sports, skydiving, guitar playing, dog training, macrame, Golf, racquetball, Mandarin, Politics (careful!), family outings, child rearing, school plays, choirs, baking (all activities enjoyed by folks on our team) then we think those things make you a better developer! We aren't looking for 80 hour a week developers slavishly devoted to coding. We are looking for eclectic, interesting people who enjoy coding and want to do it for a living.
Hopefully this helps explain how we operate enough to pique your interest. If you want to take a shot send your resume to jobs@cfwebtools.com or call (402) 408-3733 ext 102 and ask for Jason. We look forward to hearing from you!

Yes we ARE Looking for ColdFusion Developers - Send Resume!

Feb. 2016 Job Posting

As many of my readers know, we generally look for new developers every 2 to 3 months. So the time is come again.

Soft Skills

Yes these come first for us.

  • Ownership - You see the big picture and work to accomplish goals for the client rather than checking off individual tasks.
  • Eclectic Tech - You are always picking up widgets, gadgets, languages and libraries to improve your effort for the client.
  • Community - You genuinely love others and are committed to their professional and personal well being.
  • Autodidact - You learn naturally and organically and learning motivates you.
  • Overcommunicator - You enjoy breaking down complex tech ideas into concepts a customer can grasp and use to make decisions. NOTE: this is a core component for us!.
  • Sense of Humor and Fun - You are quirky and fun with a gentle sense of humor that allows you to laugh as well as encourage.
And here are the Tech Skills:
  • Advanced ColdFusion - Yes you will have to complete coding challenge to prove it. no exceptions. :)
  • Environment Setup - You should know how to accomplish a basic local setup including web server (IIS and Apache), CF Application server, checking out code from Git or SVN, using an Eclipse environment etc. You should not be a campaigner for Mac or Windows or Linux - you will end up being exposed to all environments. We don't judge here. :)
  • Advanced Database Skills - You need MySQL, MSSQL and/or Oracle skills for writing queries, stored procedures etc. You should have more than a passing familiarity with DB architecture and design.
  • Some diverse technology skills - Mobile skills are a plus, jQuery, Angular, Node, Java - bring something else to the table.
For more info on what it takes to be a CFWT consultant check out my post on You Might be a Muse All-Star.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you allow telecommuting? Yes all our development positions are full-time remote positions.
  • What sort of dev environment can I expect? We are an eclipse shop and rely on SVN, Jenkins, and an agile like approach to development. Having said that, as an outsource development company we frequently integrate with external teams. Yes, Windows and IIS will no doubt be in play for you.
  • What Industries are you working in? We have sites we develop and maintain in the Financial sector (stocks, options, commodities, retirement planning and management etc.), Tax planning, Civil Government, Insurance, Medical, Pharmaceutical, retail sales, real estate, etc. We have a very broad client list.
  • Will I get to meet the Muse? Of course, but it's probably not all it's cracked up to be.
  • Do you use frameworks? Yes - all of them all the way back to Fusebox 2. We work on new projects in common frameworks like Coldbox, FW/1 or DI/1, but we also support a host of legacy applications done on custom frameworks or with no framework at all. So get ready for multiple challenges.

We pay a competitive salary and benefits. CF Webtools maintains sites on virtually all ColdFusion and Database platforms with dev and QA servers and full SDLC. Our work is challenging, invigorating, sometimes frustrating, but rarely boring. Our development group is full of witty, interesting, overcommunicating and extremely talented developers. It's a true mentoring community. If that sounds like a place you would like to work (and you meet our high skill-set standards) send your resume to jobs@cfwebtools.com - or contact the Muse directly if you like. Tweet me @cfwebtools or use the "Ask a Muse" link on this blog (I'm easy to find). You can also call 402 408 3733 and ask for Mark or Jason - we'll be thrilled to speak with you about our opportunity. The official job posting may be found on our corporate site at the Job Openings page.

Muse Tips

Be prepared to talk about your overall work habits, life experiences and approach to people. Don't fall into the trap of riffing on this tech or that tech or putting something down. Tell us about new things you are doing - complex and interesting problems you have solved and new tech you are excited about.

Expanding again! Looking for Advance ColdFusion Developers

CF Webtools is expanding (again) and looking for high quality ColdFusion developers. If you have some mobile skills you might end up at the front of the line.

Here are the soft skills we are looking for.
  • Ownership - Your focus is not on your job description or shifting responsibility but on outcomes that satisfy the client.
  • Eclectic Tech - You think about things up and down the technology stack and are not just focused on your skills or favorite tech.
  • Community - You love to share with others as well as engage and learn. Love is an intentional word! We don't use it casually - we mean it.
  • Autodidact - You have evolving skills and you are constantly picking up new ones.
  • Overcommunicator - You explain technical concepts to non-technical folks without condescension. You thrive on copious detail. This is a core competency for us. You have to be relational with our customers.
  • Sense of Humor and Fun - You like to laugh and hang around with a funny people - without the need to put anyone down. No kidding this is a requirement! No Eyors!
And here are the Tech Skills:
  • Advanced ColdFusion - we will test you. We are looking for folks who know more than syntax on a web page. Everything you do with regard to the test is being evaluated. That means not just the skills you portray but getting connected to the VPN, using the IDE, the kind of questions you ask and how you respond to feedback.
  • Environment Setup - You should be used to setting up sites in a local environment (i.e. on your workstation) using CF, IIS and/or Apache. We can help of course and sites can be idiosyncratic and require some effort. But you should not be scratching your head over how to organize code, SVN, Eclipse, IIS setting etc. That needs to be a part of your core skills.
  • Advanced Database Skills - I don't mean you need to know how to build, manage and restore DBs. But you should know how to write a complex query and/or a stored procedure for one or more of the "big three" DB platforms.
  • Some diverse technology skills - At the moment we are looking for mobile skills (responsive design, bootstrap, jQuery mobile, angular etc.).
For more info on what it takes to be a CFWT consultant check out my post on You Might be a Muse All-Star.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you allow telecommuting? Yes all our development positions are full-time remote positions.
  • What sort of dev environment can I expect? We are an eclipse shop and rely on SVN, Jenkins, and an agile like approach to development. Having said that, as an outsource development company we frequently integrate with external teams. Yes, Windows and IIS will no doubt be in play for you.
  • What Industries are you working in? We have sites we develop and maintain in the Financial sector (stocks, options, commodities, retirement planning and management etc.), Tax planning, Civil Government, Insurance, Medical, Pharmaceutical, retail sales, real estate, etc. We have a very broad client list.
  • Will I get to meet the Muse? Of course, but it's probably not all it's cracked up to be.
  • Do you use frameworks? Yes - all of them all the way back to Fusebox 2. We work on new projects in common frameworks like Coldbox, FW/1 or DI/1, but we also support a host of legacy applications done on custom frameworks or with no framework at all. So get ready for multiple challenges.

We pay a competitive salary and benefits. CF Webtools maintains sites on virtually all ColdFusion and Database platforms with dev and QA servers and full SDLC. Our work is challenging, invigorating, sometimes frustrating, but rarely boring. Our development group is full of witty, interesting, overcommunicating and extremely talented developers. It's a true mentoring community. If that sounds like a place you would like to work (and you meet our high skill-set standards) send your resume to jobs@cfwebtools.com - or contact the Muse directly if you like. Tweet me @cfwebtools or use the "Ask a Muse" link on this blog (I'm easy to find). You can also call 402 408 3733 and ask for Mark or Jason - we'll be thrilled to speak with you about our opportunity. The official job posting may be found on our corporate site at the Job Openings page.

Rant

Not everyone is a good interviewee. That doesn't mean we discard you out of hand. We don't have a checklist of items that immediately cause us to strike you off the list. We expect you to be human. However... you should be an "advanced" developer capable of working with our team in a way that adds value. That means there are certain things that leave a bad taste in our mouth. Because the muse wants everyone to do well, I'm going to give you the keys to the kingdom in the following advice :

What does "Advanced" remote CF developer mean to the Muse and his team at CF Webtools? It means we won't have to hold your hand to:

  • Deal with hardware - We know that things happen, but we expect you to be able to maintain a dev environment and be able to solve your individual hardware issues. That's the price of being able to work from home and not have to spend an hour a day in traffic. :)
  • Deal with VPN and networking - We can help, but if you don't understand networking, you should get up to speed quickly. Remote development means you need a fast, reliable network and very good technical understanding of networks and VPN.
  • Deal with web servers and your local environment - This is an area where we are increasingly less flexible than we used to be. We expect developers to be well versed at setting up sites and dealing with the nuances of a CF application in a local environment.
  • Deal with your IDE issues - You are expected to know, use and learn CF Builder integrated with SVN or Git. We like integrated team environments. If you have another favorite IDE (sublime or whatever) that's great. You can even use it. But when we work with you we will expect to see CF Builder and we will expect you to be expert at it.
  • Deal with your soapbox - You will likely be required to work within a windows environment at some point. The Muse, who has 9 or 10 computers including Apple's latest and greatest, likes and uses Windows. You don't get points from me when you elbow me with your inside anti-MS, Pro-Apple jokes, or when you put a dollar sign in Micro$oft. Indeed you will find that you don't get points from me for needling any technology. We expect enough maturity from you to realize that your opinion about technology is a tiny part of an overall business effort. In fact, as some helpful Muse advice for life in general: Be "UP" on many things and "DOWN" on very few. Your success will never be dictated by how effectively your criticize someone or something. But it may indeed be dictated by your conscious choice to encourage and uplift someone else. If you are one of those folks who loves the inside joke that lets you be snarky and superior let me paraphrase John the Baptist and say, "Repent for the kingdom of the Muse is at hand!" Actually I heard a rumor he was a Presbyterian.
We have 2 legs of inquiry - technical and cultural. Technical interview dwells on your hard skills and cultural on your soft skills. Hard skills are "Pay to Play" - without them you don't get past the test. But soft skills are where we gain separation. We spend a great deal of time in our "cultural interview" trying to tease out attitudes that can help or hurt our staff. We have a very definite "type" of person we are looking for - helpful, highly communicative, work/life balanced and eclectic. So be forewarned - we want positive people who like others, like technology and understand the big picture. You now know everything you need to succeed should you choose to apply. Good luck!

Do I Sound Like a Brokent MP3 player? Time to Hire Again!

My brother Bill tells the following story. His oldest son at the age of 6 or 7 was harassing him about something the way children do. It might be a toy or a snack or an instance that you switch off of PBS and go back to Nickelodeon. Whatever the case he was going on an on - persisting in his request until finally, having had enough, Bill said, "Wriley, be quiet! You sound like a broken record."

This stopped my nephew who looked thoughtful for a moment and then asked, "Dad, what's a broken record?" He had never heard the skippity scratchy sound of a defective vinyl disk except perhaps on the radio as DJ flippity flunk manipulated a turn table.

Well at the risk of sounding like a broken record (not to mention using a deprecated metaphor), it's time to hire again. That's right - the Muse is recruiting high quality developers to add to his superior staff. You get to work with me every day (even if you don't want to) and put up with puns and groaners - as well as hyperbolic praise from time to time. At this time we are looking for straight up senior ColdFusion developers with the usual spate of ancillary skills (DB, jQuery, bootstrap, ajax, angular etc). If you think you fit the bill and are ready for the challenge send your resume to jobs@cfwebtools.com. We will be thrilled to speak with you and to get to know you whether we hire you or not. :) This is full time telecommuting (U.S. States only). Because I lack the energy to once again list all the benefits and nuances of working with CFWT I will refer you back to my previous post from a couple months ago (when we hired 4 new folks). I look forward to hearing from you ColdFusion folks and making new friends and colleagues.

Time to Hire Again!

After a longer than usual hiatus CF Webtools is looking yet again for qualified advanced developers. We are looking now for both ColdFusion help and Flex, AIR and Phonegap help. Here's the good news blurb about CF Webtools:

  • Never Boring - our staff is lively, energetic, positive and usually funny (well... they think they are funny). Among our eclectic group are golfers, motorcycle enthusiasts, belly dancers, photographers, gamers (shocking I know), fencers (as in touche'), rock climbers, fisherman, fireman, musicians, family people, single people (mostly hot), dog people, cat people, PC people and Mac people. We even have the mother of a fashion model. With all that energy it's a wonder we get anything done. But the truth is we all love what we do and we are stronger together than separately.
  • Professionally Stimulating - Stay with us long enough and you'll work on every version of ColdFusion back to version 5 (or at least you'll hear stories). We have large legacy codebase's that we maintain, as well as pure greenfield projects. We have mobile (lots and lots of mobile), Mura, FW/1, Home Grown, Model Glue, Mach II, Fusebox, ColdBox, and a box of crackers in the break room. We use MS SQL, Oracle, MySQL, and Sybase. We have apps using maps, apps using web services, apps using APIs and API's using our apps. If there's a "way to do a ColdFusion application" we have seen it, done it and probably maintained, refactored it and maybe invented it. So if you are a lover of programming, programming languages and ColdFusion in particular, you will love it here.
  • Interested in Balance - as noted above we are not looking for developers who are so entrenched in a technical life that they have no time for anything else. Professional developers with high productivity and high aptitude are above all balanced. They love ColdFusion and can't wait to code (most days) but they also love eating out, movies, spending time with their kids, going to the gym, cruises, photography, and vacations. We have found that the developer with a whole life (I mean balanced and full of loving relationships - not the insurance) is the one that fits our staff, communicates well, and thrives here at CFWT.
  • Fully Remote - If you live and work in the big City, let CF Webtools give you your life back! We offer full time remote work with benefits to developers in the U.S. If you are used to commuting this can put 2 hours back into your life, not to mention finally getting you off of Lipitor.

You might have noticed I'm a little over the top when it comes to my company and staff. But we believe in who we are and we are looking for folks who like it and want to be a part of it.


Here are the soft skills we are looking for.
  • Take ownership of a problem. This involves continuing to think about solutions and outcomes even when you think it's not your responsibility. Meeting the need and fixing the problem has to be center stage.
  • Think around all angles of a problem for all possible solutions. This involves considering details within and outside of your expertise moving up and down the tech stack.
  • Love the tech community as a place to engage and learn. I'm not glib about love. I believe and practice it!
  • Have evolved skills in an eclectic mix of technologies and like to learn new ones.
  • Explain technical concepts to non-technical folks. This is a core competency for us. You have to be relational with our customers.
  • Know how to honor non-technical people for their own skills and expertise. Also a core competency here. If we make fun of end users we are gentle about it. We respect and honor our customers.
  • Can laugh, chortle, guffaw and otherwise split a gut with a group of insanely funny people - without the need to put anyone down. Actually some of them are mostly just insane, but they all think they are funny.
  • Are anxious to be a part of a close knit team who encourages and believes in you.
And here are the Tech Skills:
  • Advanced ColdFusion - note, we will test you. We are looking for folks who know more than syntax on a web page. You should be well versed in the guts of complex ColdFusion application building. Also note, everything you do with regard to the test is being evaluated. That means not just the skills you portray but getting connected to the VPN, using the IDE, the kind of questions you ask and how you respond to feedback.
  • Advanced Database Skills - I don't mean you need to know how to build, manage and restore DBs. But you should know how to write a complex query and/or a stored procedure for one or more of the "big three" DB platforms.
  • Some diverse technology skills - we don't necessarily dictate what that is but we are looking for folks with a broad swath of skills. Right now knowing and developing in .NET, doing IOS/Droid development, Phonegap, Flex, AIR, or troubleshooting CF servers and server admin are skills might give you an edge in your application. But if you come to us with several skills that we don't need at the moment you would still be an attractive candidate.
For more info on what it takes to be a CFWT consultant check out my post on You Might be a Muse All-Star.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you allow telecommuting? Yes all our development positions are full-time remote positions.
  • What sort of dev environment can I expect? We are an eclipse shop and rely on SVN, Jenkins, and an agile like approach to development. Having said that, as an outsource development company we frequently integrate with external teams. Yes, Windows and IIS will no doubt be in play for you at times.
  • What Industries are you working in? We have sites we develop and maintain in the Financial sector (stocks, options, commodities, retirement planning and management etc.), Tax planning, Civil Government, Insurance, Medical, Pharmaceutical, retail sales, real estate, etc. We have a very broad client list.
  • Will I get to meet the Muse? Of course, but it's probably not all it's cracked up to be.
  • Do you use frameworks? Yes - all of them all the way back to Fusebox 2. We work on new projects in common frameworks like Coldbox, FW/1 or DI/1, but we also support a host of legacy applications done on custom frameworks or with no framework at all. So get ready for multiple challenges.

We pay a competitive salary and benefits. CF Webtools maintains sites on virtually all ColdFusion and Database platforms with dev and qa servers and full SDLC. Our work is challenging, invigorating, sometimes frustrating, but rarely boring. Our development group is full of witty, interesting, overcommunicating and extremely talented developers. It's a true mentoring community. If that sounds like a place you would like to work (and you meet our high skill-set standards) send your resume to jobs@cfwebtools.com - or contact the Muse directly if you like. Tweet me @cfwebtools or use the "Ask a Muse" link on this blog (I'm easy to find). You can also call 402 408 3733 and ask for Mark or Jason - we'll be thrilled to speak with you about our opportunity. The official job posting may be found on our corporate site at the Job Openings page.

Rant

Not everyone is a good interviewee. That doesn't mean we discard you out of hand. We don't have a checklist of items that immediately cause us to strike you off the list. We expect you to be human. However... you should be an "advanced" developer capable of working with our team in a way that adds value. That means there are certain things that leave a bad taste in our mouth. Because the muse wants everyone to do well, I'm going to give you the keys to the kingdom in the following advice:

What does "Advanced" remote CF developer mean to the Muse and his team at CF Webtools? It means we won't have to hold your hand to:

  • Deal with hardware - We know that things happen, but we expect you to be able to solve your crashed drive or video card problem on your own.
  • Deal with VPN and networking - If you don't understand networking, you should get up to speed quickly. You can start by reading the stuff on ColdFusion Muse related to networking. Meanwhile we should never have to "suggest" that you "try pinging" to see what IP address is resolving, or ask you if you are "internal" or "external" to a network.
  • Deal with web servers and your local environment - Yes we know you are an "Apache" person. Congratulations we are all very proud. Meanwhile, the environment is usually dictated by the client and not by your faith your favorite stack. You should also know and be familiar with IIS. When I say familiar it means you will have installed IIS in at least a local environment, set up ColdFusion within IIS, and developed against it. Customers love windows even if you don't. Frankly, the Muse wonders about this hubbub.
  • Deal with your soapbox - While we are on the subject, we are really thrilled that you are a "Mac" person. We know it's flashy and sexy and fast and makes you giddy to have a new iWhateverTheLatestIs. However, you will likely be required to work within a windows environment at some point. The Muse, who has 9 or 10 computers including Apple's latest and greatest, likes and uses Windows. You don't get points from me when you elbow me with your inside anti-MS, Pro-Apple jokes, or when you put a dollar sign in Micro$oft. We expect enough maturity from you to realize that your opinion about technology is a very small part of an overall business effort. The same is true of your favorite source control - sometimes we use Git, sometimes SVN, Sometimes something else (it's client dependent).
  • Deal with your IDE issues - You are expected to know, use and learn CF Builder integrated with SVN or Git. We like integrated team environments. If you have another favorite IDE (sublime or whatever) that's great. You can even use it. But when we work with you we will expect to see CF Builder and we will expect you to be expert at it.
We spend a great deal of time in our "cultural interview" trying to tease out some of these unhelpful attitudes. So be forewarned - we want positive people who like others, like technology and understand the big picture. You now know everything you need to succeed should you choose to apply. Good luck!

Time for a CF_Change - CF Webtools Job Opening Dec. 2014

As happens every few months, CF Webtools is expanding yet again and looking for qualified advanced developers. We have a growing list of extremely challenging and projects and delightful customers (mostly delightful) that need our expert attention. What's it like working for CF Webtools?

  • It's not Boring - our staff is fun, engaging and mostly funny and entertaining. Among our eclectic group are golfers, motorcycle enthusiasts, belly dancers, photographers, gamers (shocking I know), fencers (as in touche'), rock climbers, fisherman, fireman, musicians, family people, single people (mostly hot), dog people, cat people, PC people and Mac people. We even have the mother of a fashion model. With all those outside activities how do we find the time for technology - but believe me we do! The truth is we all love what we do and we are stronger together than separately.
  • Professionally Stimulating - Stay with us long enough and you'll work on every version of ColdFusion back to version 5 (or at least you'll hear stories). We have large legacy codebase's that we maintain, as well as pure greenfield projects. We have mobile (lots and lots of mobile), Mura, FW/1, Home Grown, Model Glue, Mach II, Fusebox, ColdBox, and fantastic mind numbing home-grown frameworks that we all Loooove to work on. We use MS SQL, Oracle, MySQL, Couchbase, Mongo, and Sybase. We have apps using maps, apps using web services, apps using APIs and API's using our apps. If there's a "way to do a ColdFusion application" we have seen it, done it and probably maintained, refactored it and maybe invented it. So if you are a lover of programming, programming languages and ColdFusion in particular, you will love it here.
  • Interested in Balance - as noted above we are not looking for developers who are so entrenched in a technical life that they have no time for anything else. If your first life is so technical you are buried in a second life we may not be for you. Professional developers with high productivity and high aptitude are above all balanced. They love ColdFusion and can't wait to code (most days) but they also love eating out, movies, spending time with their kids, going to the gym, cruises, photography, and vacations. We have found that the developer with a whole life (I mean balanced and full of loving relationships - not the insurance) is the one that fits our culture, communicates well, and thrives here at CFWT. And believe me, culture is very important. Your CF skills have to be top-notch, but that's just Pay-to-play. We want someone who thrives on our staff.

I know you've come to expect nothing less than unmitigated hyperbole from the Muse, but it is a great place to work and we are thrilled to be able to employ so many talented and interesting developers and engineers.

Here's the Blurb. Do you:

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The Muse has Cash and He's Not Afraid to Use It!

The hardest thing about running a ColdFusion development shop is getting in front of the people who might need your help. Thousands of companies could use the expertise we offer but it can be very difficult to approach them. In spite of our culture, our transparency, our chameleon-like flexibility, our unique reputation, our high competency and our focus on communication and productivity, CTO's and CIO's tend to lump CF Webtools in with the outsourcing crowd. That's just not who we are. The truth is, once we gain the ear of someone who needs us we have an amazing record at closing the deal and retaining the customer. We alleviate the pitfalls of ColdFusion (oh yes, there are pitfalls) and allow the benefits to shine. We simply bring too much to the table to ignore.

So that's the Gordian knot the Muse has been trying to unravel for the last 18 months or so as we have doubled and tripled in size. How do I get the name and reputation of my fantastic company in front of the folks who need us? I mean, besides a holocaust cloak ("...Then why wasn't it listed among our assets?") what do we have to work with? My executive team and I have spent a few weeks mulling this over and we have concluded that perhaps our greatest asset is our connection with developers within the ColdFusion Community.

The truth is that when a developer who has developed for a decision maker recommends us to that individual he or she is far more likely to listen and take our pitch seriously. After all, finding good ColdFusion talent is difficult. In our experience it is referrals that seal the deal. We began thinking, both the Muse and the CF Webtools staff tends to be engaged in user groups, forums, lists, and events focused on ColdFusion. Instead of dedicating a big chunk of money to a marketing budget (of dubious return) we had an epiphany. Why spend money on promotions and ads when the connection we need is right in front of our cfnose. Let's pay our friends in the community for their referrals.

The Big Plan

So our big plan is simple, we are going to generously reward any developer who refers a company to us that subsequently becomes a customer. The rules are simple. First, you need to be a part of the ColdFusion developer community. We are not looking to line the pockets of recruiters. But if you are in IT and work with ColdFusion you are a candidate. Finally your lead must result in a sale for you to get paid. In short, for forwarding a name to us you could get a check in the mail - that's it! Read on for the nitty gritty details.

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The Muse Wants Your Talent (and Your Resume)

Yes it's true! CF Webtools is looking yet again for qualified advanced developers. We have two immediate openings on our development staff at this time. It's not due to turnover (far from it). Rather, it's because we have a burgeoning list of extremely exiting customers and projects that need our expert attention. What's it like working for CF Webtools?

  • Never Boring - our staff is lively, energetic, positive and usually funny (well... they think they are funny). Among our eclectic group are golfers, motorcycle enthusiasts, belly dancers, photographers, gamers (shocking I know), fencers (as in touche'), rock climbers, fisherman, fireman, musicians, family people, single people (mostly hot), dog people, cat people, PC people and Mac people. We even have the mother of a fashion model. With all that energy it's a wonder we get anything done. But the truth is we all love what we do and we are stronger together than separately.
  • Professionally Stimulating - Stay with us long enough and you'll work on every version of ColdFusion back to version 5 (or at least you'll hear stories). We have large legacy codebase's that we maintain, as well as pure greenfield projects. We have mobile (lots and lots of mobile), Mura, FW/1, Home Grown, Model Glue, Mach II, Fusebox, ColdBox, and a box of crackers in the break room. We use MS SQL, Oracle, MySQL, and Sybase. We have apps using maps, apps using web services, apps using APIs and API's using our apps. If there's a "way to do a ColdFusion application" we have seen it, done it and probably maintained, refactored it and maybe invented it. So if you are a lover of programming, programming languages and ColdFusion in particular, you will love it here.
  • Interested in Balance - as noted above we are not looking for developers who are so entrenched in a technical life that they have no time for anything else. Professional developers with high productivity and high aptitude are above all balanced. They love ColdFusion and can't wait to code (most days) but they also love eating out, movies, spending time with their kids, going to the gym, cruises, photography, and vacations. We have found that the developer with a whole life (I mean balanced and full of loving relationships - not the insurance) is the one that fits our staff, communicates well, and thrives here at CFWT.

Ok admittedly that is a lot of hyperbole but I know you've come to expect nothing less from the Muse. Meanwhile it is a great place to work and we are thrilled to be able to employ so many talented and wonderful developers.


Here's the Blurb. Can you:
  • Take ownership of a problem.
  • Think around all angles of a problem for all possible solutions
  • Love the tech community as a place to engage and learn.
  • Have evolved skills in an eclectic mix of technologies and like to learn new ones.
  • Can explain technical concepts to non-technical folks.
  • Know how to honor non-technical people for their own skills and expertise.
  • Can laugh, chortle, guffaw and otherwise split a gut with a group of insanely funny people - without the need to put anyone down.
  • Are anxious to be a part of a close knit team who encourages and believes in you.
And here are the Tech Skills:
  • Advanced ColdFusion - note, we will test you. We are looking for folks who know more than syntax on a web page. You should be well versed in the guts of complex ColdFusion application building.
  • Advanced Database Skills - I don't mean you need to know how to build, manage and restore DBs. But you should know how to write a complex query and/or a stored procedure for one or more of the "big three" DB platforms.
  • Some diverse technology skills - we don't necessarily dictate what that is but we are looking for folks with a broad swath of skills. Right knowing and developing in .NET, doing IOS/Droid development (or phone gap), and troubleshooting CF servers and server admin are skills that might give you an edge in your application. But if you come to us with several skills that we don't need at the moment you would still be an attractive candidate.
For more info on what it takes to be a CFWT consultant check out my post on You Might be a Muse All-Star.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you allow telecommuting? Yes all our development positions are full-time remote positions.
  • What sort of dev environment can I expect? We are en eclipse shop and rely on SVN, Jenkins, and an agile like approach to development. Having said that, as an outsource development company we frequently integrate with external teams. That means you can't always predict everything about the approach for the project you are working on.
  • What Industries are you working in? We have sites we develop and maintain in the Financial sector (stocks, options, commodities, retirement planning and management etc.), Insurance, Medical, Pharmaceutical, retail sales, real estate, etc. We have a very broad client list.
  • Will I get to meet the Muse? Yes of course... you'll be sick of me inside of two weeks. Eventually you can stop calling me the muse but the shrine has to stay up for at least a year.
  • Do you use frameworks? Yes - all of them all the way back to Fusebox 2. We work on new projects in common frameworks like FW/1 or DI/1, but we also support a host of legacy applications done on custom frameworks or with no framework at all.

As stated above, our positions are full-time remote telecommute. On rare occasions they might require some travel. We pay a competitive salary and benefits. CF Webtools maintains sites on virtually all ColdFusion and Database platforms. Our work is challenging, invigorating, sometimes poke-your-eyes-out frustrating, but never boring. Our development group is full of witty, interesting and extremely talented developers. It's a true mentoring community. If that sounds like a place you would like to work (and you meet our high skill-set standards) send your resume to jobs@cfwebtools.com - or contact the Muse directly if you like. Tweet me @cfwebtools or use the "Ask a Muse" link on this blog (I'm easy to find). You can also call 402 408 3733 and ask for Mark or Jason - we'll be thrilled to speak with you about our opportunity. The official job posting may be found on our corporate site at the Job Openings page.

ColdFusion Job Openings - Alive and Well

Yes it's true! CF Webtools is looking yet again for qualified advanced developers. I know seeing my plaintive cry for developers might get old for long time readers. I would beg the courts indulgence and only ask that you remember my constant nagging for you to send me your resume when the lean years come (as they almost always do). Remember, our jobs are full time, telecommute with competitive salary and benefits. We have a talented engaging staff, interesting work and a chance to stretch your skill set. If you are an advanced or aspiring advanced ColdFusion programmer we might be a great fit for you! Here is the rest of the Muse' blurb:


Here's what we are looking for. If you:
  • Take ownership of a problem.
  • Think around all angles of a problem for all possible solutions
  • Love the tech community as a place to engage and learn.
  • Have evolved skills in an eclectic mix of technologies and like to learn new ones.
  • Can explain technical concepts to non-technical folks.
  • Know how to honor non-technical people for their own skills and expertise.
  • Can laugh, chortle, guffaw and otherwise split a gut with a group of insanely funny people - without the need to put anyone down.
  • Are anxious to be a part of a close knit team who encourages and believes in you.
Then by all means you are who we are looking for. For more info on what it takes to be a CFWT consultant check out my post on You Might be a Muse All-Star.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you allow telecommuting? Yes all our development positions are full-time remote positions.
  • What sort of dev environment can I expect? We are en eclipse shop and rely on SVN, Jenkins, and an agile like approach to development. Having said that, as an outsource development company we frequently integrate with external teams. That means you can't always predict everything about the approach for the project you are working on.
  • What Industries are you working in? We have sites we develop and maintain in the Financial sector (stocks, options, commodities, retirement planning and management etc.), Insurance, Medical, Pharmaceutical, retail sales, real estate, etc. We have a very broad client list.
  • Will I get to meet the Muse? Yes of course... you'll be sick of me inside of two weeks.
  • Do you use frameworks? Yes - all of them all the way back to Fusebox 2. We work on new projects in common frameworks like FW/1 or DI/1, but we also support a host of legacy applications done on custom frameworks or with no framework at all.

As stated above, our positions are full-time remote telecommute. On rare occasions they might require some travel. We pay a competitive salary and benefits. CF Webtools maintains sites on virtually all ColdFusion and Database platforms. Our work is challenging, invigorating, sometimes poke-your-eyes-out frustrating, but never boring. Our development group is full of witty, interesting and extremely talented developers. It's a true mentoring community. If that sounds like a place you would like to work (and you meet our high skill-set standards) send your resume to jobs@cfwebtools.com - or contact the Muse directly if you like. Tweet me @cfwebtools or use the "Ask a Muse" link on this blog (I'm easy to find). You can also call 402 408 3733 and ask for Mark or Jason - we'll be thrilled to speak with you about our opportunity. The official job posting may be found on our corporate site at the Job Openings page.

In the Hunt for ColdFusion Programmers (Again!)

It's that time again. CF Webtools is looking for a talented, advanced ColdFusion programmer. We value a developers who:

  • Take ownership of a problem and find a solution.
  • Participate in the community through lists, blogging, user groups etc.
  • Have a high skill set and a professional learning ethic.
  • Know how to communicate technology concepts across disciplines.
  • Respects and honors our customers.
  • Have a great sense of humor.
  • Love being a part of a "family" of developers who work together without a lot of drama.
For more info on what it takes to be a CFWT consultant check out my post on You Might be a Muse All-Star.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you allow telecommuting? Yes all our development positions are full-time remote positions.
  • What sort of dev environment can I expect? We are en eclipse shop and rely on SVN, Jenkins, and an agile like approach to development. Having said that, as an outsource development company we frequently integrate with external teams. That means you can't always predict everything about the approach for the project you are working on.
  • What Industries are you working in? We have sites we develop and maintain in the Financial sector (stocks, options, commodities, retirement planning and management etc.), Insurance, Medical, Pharmaceutical, retail sales, real estate, etc. We have a very broad client list.
  • Will I get to meet the Muse? Yes of course... you'll be sick of me inside of two weeks.
  • Do you use frameworks? Yes - all of them all the way back to Fusebox 2. We work on new projects in common frameworks like FW/1 or DI/1, but we also support a host of legacy applications done on custom frameworks or with no framework at all.

As stated above, our positions are full-time remote telecommute. On rare occasions they might require some travel. We pay a competitive salary and benefits. CF Webtools maintains sites on virtually all ColdFusion and Database platforms. Our work is challenging, invigorating, sometimes poke-your-eyes-out frustrating, but never boring. Our development group is full of witty, interesting and extremely talented developers. It's a true mentoring community. If that sounds like a place you would like to work (and you meet our high skill-set standards) send your resume to jobs@cfwebtools.com - or contact the Muse directly if you like. Tweet me @cfwebtools or use the "Ask a Muse" link on this blog (I'm easy to find). You can also call 402 408 3733 and ask for Mark or Jason - we'll be thrilled to speak with you about our opportunity. The official job posting may be found on our corporate site at the Job Openings page.

Work for the Muse and Change Your Life

CF Webtools is looking for bright, talented, and motivated developers with high skill sets in ColdFusion, .NET and Mobile development (including IOS and Droid). We value developers who:

  • Take ownership of a problem and find a solution.
  • Participate in the community through lists, blogging, user groups etc.
  • Have a high skill set and a professional learning ethic.
  • Know how to communicate technology concepts across disciplines.
  • Respects and honors our customers.
  • Have a great sense of humor.
  • Love being a part of a "family" of developers who work together without a lot of drama.
For more info on what it takes to be a CFWT consultant check out my post on You Might be a Muse All-Star.

Our positions are full-time remote telecommute. On rare occasions they might require some travel. We pay a competitive salary and benefits. CF Webtools maintains sites on virtually all ColdFusion and Database platforms. Our work is challenging, enervating, sometimes hair-pulling, but never boring. Our development group is lively, talented and a true mentoring community (and growing more so daily). If that sounds like a place you would like to work (and you meet our high skill-set standards) send your resume to jobs@cfwebtools.com - or contact the Muse directly if you like. Tweet me @cfwebtools or use the "Ask a Muse" link on this blog (I'm easy to find). You can also call 402 408 3733 and ask for Mark or Jason - we'll be thrilled to speak with you about our opportunity. The official job posting may be found on our corporate site at the Job Openings page.

Please note - while I'm getting better, I'm not am often pulled in many directions. If you feel like I have "dropped the ball" when you sent me a resume in the past - you are probably right. Please don't hesitate to contact me again. I'll make sure that Jason and Melissa (who handle the details) don't let you fall through the cracks this time.

You Might be a Muse All-Star

About twice a week I have a developer send me an email chatting about their current job and wondering if they should send me a resume. The answer is always yes! Send me a resume! I mean... what could it hurt? Generally I will walk you through our CF Testing procedure and "pre-qualify" you to work on the CF Webtools (CFWT) team. Then if I have openings you might get an offer, but even if I do not have openings I can guarantee that sooner rather than later I will have openings. With 27 developers you can bet we will be looking for new CF Talent - and other talent as well. In fact, let's play "...you might be a Muse all-star".

  • If you think pouring through the latest CF 10 docs looking for "hidden gems" is the equivalent of a day at the Louvre... you might be a Muse all-star.
  • If you have turned down a night out so you could sit at home and migrate a fusebox app to FW/1... you might be a Muse all-star.
  • If you have traveled more than 50 miles to attend a meeting just because Ray Camden, Sam Farmer, Ben Forta, Ben Nadel or Sean Corefield was presenting ... you might be a Muse all-star (extra points if it was actually a webcast).
  • If you have made more than 2 useful comments on this blog... you might be a Muse all-star.
  • If you have a technical blog that I've ever linked to... you might be a Muse all-star.
  • If you have ever refactored an entire CFC service layer "just so you could see what it looked like in pure cfscript"... you might be a Muse all-star.
  • If you love frameworks but are not married to any one of them... you might be a Muse all-star.
  • If you like ribbing windows experts (or mac experts or Linux experts) but can still be friends with them... you might be a Muse all-star. (If not move back home you still need your mother)
  • If your skill set is eclectic enough to include high level skills in at least 3 IT areas including ColdFusion... you might be a Muse all-star.
  • If you think "exercising your right to vote" has something to do with the CF 10 bug list... you might be a Muse all-star.
  • If your mouth waters just a little when you hear about a programming problem that someone couldn't solve... you might be a Muse all-star.
  • If you like other developers, other people, communities both real and virtual and hob knobbing with folks who are experts at something other than IT... you might be a Muse all-star.
  • If you are ready for a change that includes well supported SDLC infrastructure, full time remote development (live where you want to), great flexibility, benefits, and a terrific community of developers... you might be a Muse all-star.

As of right now the Muse is looking for ColdFusion developers and IOS/Android developers. We are giving special consideration to any developer with a high level skill set in ColdFusion and either .NET or PHP (not dabblers - you have to be good at both). Our sales projections show us growing to add at least 4-6 developers by the end of this fiscal quarter. So if you are in the market to make a change, or if you are a contractor who loves working from home but is tired of having to gin up your own work, do please send me your resume. You can send it to jobs@cfwebtools.com or send it to mkruger - or tweet me at @cfwebtools and let me know you want to explore the possibilities.

New Opportunities: Boston/Providence and Omaha

The Muse is on the lookout for any and all ColdFusion resources in the Boston/Providence area. One of our Tier 1 clients is looking to build a new team in that area and is asking for our assistance. So if you are a senior developer who thinks you can get through my grueling test and interview process and you want to work for a terrific consulting company that has doubled in size in the last year - send your resume to jobs@cfwebtools.com and let's have a chat.

On a related note I am looking for some local Omaha talent as well. Specifically I need a design resource that specializes in User Interface Design - creating user lexicons, visibility analysis, consistency, error and feedback standards, recognition vs. recall, minimalism etc. - and you live in or around the Omaha area (and by around I mean Sioux City, Lincoln, Council Bluffs and the Omaha Metro area), then feel free to contact me. We might have a great opportunity for you to make a significant contribution to an amazing suite of applications for a thriving business. Again - you would have to live in and around Omaha, or at least be willing to brook the subject of moving to Omaha within a reasonable time frame.

For those of you waiting for me to call you about the resume you already sent me in the last few weeks (there are about 15 or 20 of you) hang in there. We are in a 4 week cycle right now so you can bet I'll be contacting you very soon.

Work for the Muse: Dec 09

I know there are those of you out there who are simply dying to come work for me. Here is your big chance. If you feel like you have what it takes to join our crack development team drop me your resume at jobs@cfwebtools.com. This is a full time position on site in Omaha NE (America's best kept secret). CF Webtools offers excellent pay and benefits and a great work environment. If you think you have what it takes, here is the job description. If you a recruiter please don't call or send emails (please... I'm begging you).


CF Webtools is seeking a full-time, experienced Flex Developer. The candidate must be proficient in Flex 2.0 and also familiar with calling ColdFusion CFC's, the Cairngorm framework, Linux and Apache are HUGE pluses. This person needs to be able to work at the highest technical level of all phases of application analysis and design.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • 2-3 years experience with Flex 2.0
  • An eye for designing appealing pages that seamlessly integrates with the rest of the product.
  • Experience with MSSQL, MySQL or Oracle.
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience
  • Understanding of and experience with UI architectures (e.g. Cairngorm)
  • Self motivated and manage own time/work
  • Excellent work ethic and a team player.
  • Comfortable multitasking, resolving competing priorities, and meeting project deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and of exceptional character.
  • Decisive, action-oriented individual who learns quickly, works independently, and creates solutions.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer.

Wish List

  • Experience with Flex 3.0
  • Experience with ColdFusion a HUGE plus
  • Experience with Linux
  • Experience with Java or Flash
  • Experience with financial data is a bonus

Work With the Muse

Every time I make a blog post I'm always amazed at how 5 different readers can immediately post a comment showing me a better way to do something or adding additional information to my original post. I sometimes say to myself, "Muse... it's too bad that programmer doesn't work on your team". Well, here's your big chance.

It just so happens that CF Webtools is looking for an advanced Coldfusion programmer. CF Webtools has an outstanding group of projects using the latest technologies like Flex, Ajax, Farcry and the latest frameworks. CF Webtools does projects for major corporations like ACS, Lincoln Financial, National Equite and Sergeants Pet Care products. This could be your big chance to join us and work on a terrific team. We are located in beautiful Omaha, NE - the Best Kept Secret in the country and consistently ranked among the top 10 places to live in the U.S. We offer an excellent salary, a great place to live, and exciting work. Our benefits include health insurance, life insurance, optional disability, 401k, FSA and flexible hours (so you can put your family first).

If you are interested send your inquiry and resume to jobs@cfwebtools.com. If you want the "official" requirements you will find them on our company web site at this link, but regular muse readers will probably already know exactly what we are looking for.

Note, this is an onsight full time position. CF Webtools will assist with relocation.

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