Avoiding Resume Hell

In the last year, I've been reviewing dozens of resumes for a PHP Programmer position. I only see the resumes of those who passed our technical recruiter's initial screening. It is appalling how many resumes are just BAD.

Here are some simple things that will tell me exactly what I want to know.

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Nodejs File Commands - 1 Minute Tutorial

Check out my article on Nodejs file commands over at utahjs.com, the JavaScript Users Group of Utah.

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Ask Your Interviewer

My friend Nate had some excellent advice about finding the right job: ask the interviewer some key questions. The following are some suggestions that can help you see behind the company's curtain so to speak. We both worked at a place where red flags would fly if you asked these questions.

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How Well Does Your Browser Support HTML5?

Niels Leenheer has created an interesting script to detect browser support for HTML5. Try it here. By HTML5, we mean the new HTML and JavaScript standards that are pushing the web to the next level.

These are results from browsers on my Windows Vista machine:

Scores

Feel free to leave your results in the comments.

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HTML5 Facts and Buzz

What is HTML5 really? Peter Paul Koch concludes that HTML5 means whatever you want it to mean. He quotes Jeff Croft:

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FOSS and Drug Dealing

FOSS. Free and Open Source Software.

Many argue against FOSS saying that Developers should get paid for their work. First of all, "Free" does not mean zero dollars. And second of all, you are short sighted if you think selling code is the only way programmers are paid.

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Laptop Keyboards Compared

I have used a laptop for everyday web development most of my career. I am a keyboard snob. A huge keyboard snob.

My favorite keyboard of all time is the classic IBM keyboard:

IBM Keyboard

But no laptop keyboards even come close. In fact, it has been a fad over the last few years to put a 10-key pad on the laptop! How mind-numbingly stupid! I decided to design my own "programmer" laptop. I found the following to be important.

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Escape Input and Output

There is a surprising amount of confusion about XSS and SQL injection among the PHP programmers I've worked with. Here are some common ways to do it right and to do it wrong.

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Resumes and Interviews Gone Wrong

I've had some colorful interviews lately. It brought to mind a lot of DON'Ts in Interviews and Resumes. I capitalize DON'T because everyone should know these basic rules.

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Wrangling MS Word's HTML

Oh boy.

Handling a paste from a Word document into a browser-based WYSIWYG editor is a pain in the butt. I'm using CKEDITOR, which does have a built-in tool for stripping Word's nasty HTML, but it doesn't work well. I also had no success using PHP's HTMLPurifier, htmLawed or Tidy alone.

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