You can’t have more than 10 years of experience on Rails!

This is why programmers dislike account people / business people…

So last week, I was selected for an interview for Sr. Web Developer. The job sounded interesting so I took time out of my day to have phone interview. I  noticed the organization  mostly programmed in Ruby on Rails, but then it said PHP and other languages and I was like okay.  See below for the description.

So the interview went fairly well, I really never address the issue Ruby on Rails, there was also some confusion as to Bootstrap.  According to the project manager Bootstrap is also responsive. (No kidding?) I said that’s great because I use Twitter Bootstrap and that is responsive as well. (I was playing games at that point) Then I was told they where not the same? I don’t know if that was the breaking point, but it was amusing.

Finally, I was  told I would get notification of the outcome of the interview. I think that is fair since I took time out of my day… a certain level of professionalism and courtesy. So I shot a quick email back just making an inquiry if there was a decision since I hadn’t heard anything. I received the following in an email.


Oh well, I will live to fight another day… But then I remember that I follow @DHH on twitter and Ruby is kind of new. (Just an FYI @DHH created Rudy and he did it ~10 years ago. I follow @DHH not because of Rails, mostly because of his libertarian oriented tweets, much like myself.)  So to amuse myself I asked him:

@dhh: Quick question: Based on my math +10 years, would be rare if not impossible?

— Chad (@chad_strategic) August 26, 2014

He was kind of enough to reply:

@chad_strategic Both of those candidates are me! — DHH (@dhh) August 26, 2014

And there we have it…  I guess I was beaten out by the creator of Ruby on Rails. So if you are looking for a Senior PHP programmer or an algorithmic trading programmer let me know. In the mean time I will probably get in trouble for this at some point or not? But at the same time I needed a break from foreach loops!

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Originally published on August 28, 2014 , on Strategic Options

One Reply to “You can’t have more than 10 years of experience on Rails!”

  1. Hi Chad- lol on the Twitter Bootstrap thing. Also, curious why you want to work for someone else when you’re clearly very creative and intelligent. I am asking because I’m a new parent and recently quit my job to stay at home while studying up on options and starting an e-commerce business. I kind of miss work (previously in real estate and construction management), but the idea of freedom and being my own boss seems pretty awesome right now.

    Thanks for this blog and have a nice day!

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