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a. How did you find Atomic Object?
b. What excites you about the idea of working here?
c. What can you offer that will excite us about working with you?
a. I follow Atomic Object on Twitter, and since being back in Grand Rapids from 2003 to the present, I have been on the look-out for innovative firms, especially those in the software development space. I wrote a recent article on why software innovation is critical to the re-emergence of the Michigan economy. You can see that article on the Grand Rapids Social Diary's web-site, here:
b. I find Atomic Object's posts on Twitter to be informative and inspiring, and so I keep an eye out for projects that the company is involved in to further clients' requirements. I am also aware of the immense focus on providing a well-balanced work environment, with open offices, open source software, and less messy politics that larger companies have to contend with, to be refreshing.
And I love software, everything about it. I love that in digitized form, you can create communities, enhance commerce, and make the world safer, simply by creating better software products. I love Java, and I love Google. I have been a Macintosh user since I was in the 6th grade as my dad was head of the computer science department at Aquinas College, and he always brought home the newest, color Macs for us to use on school projects.
I miss software, and want to get back in to it, through working with a company that makes its living off the quality of its software output. I miss the struggle of deadlines, mixed with creativity, that truly only software development brings. I like to plan, and make project schedules, with deliverables that are realistic, but forward-thinking. In a sense, I couldn't work anywhere else other than a company dedicated to technology to solve problems.
c. I live Google, all of their products. I have an open source project up on Google Code, here:
I also use Google AdWords for my current employer, and all of the Google consumer facing applications. I believe in the cloud computing revolution. I saw Atomic Object's recent foray in to cloud computing with Blue Medora, and immediately thought how it would be great to get the Tivoli management console on Google's App Engine, as well as Amazon's cloud. I have a passion for open standards, that lower the cost of ownership, and therefore, allow companies to save their IT budgets for more advanced initiatives, like building out their web-sites.
I believe in a future with a marketplace of inter-operable software components, most likely built around some version of Java. This would give developers worldwide the ability to charge for their work as micro-payments, every time a component was used in the cloud. I appreciate .Net, and all of Microsoft's back-end software server technologies, such as Visual Studio, BizTalk, and Great Plains. But I believe in open standards more. Google, Oracle, IBM, Red Hat, Apple, and the thousands upon thousands of software shops and customers that have invested in open standards allow me to think that the future of software is limitless. There is truly no economic problem that cannot be overcome with the right code.
Therefore, I am invested in staying up-to-date on the latest software trends. I regularly read the Register, out of the U.K. (http://www.theregister.co.uk/), and follow developer sites, like The ServerSide (http://www.theserverside.com/) and infoQ (http://www.infoq.com/). I tinker with easy to use software tools, that make my on-line experience more productive and more expansive. I don't know what Atomic Object is looking for, outside of software craftspeople, but I would make an energetic project manager that could shepherd major initiatives through the development process. I could research and write the corresponding documentation that goes along with software products. I could become a solid team leader for any number of projects that go on within a software development shop, like AO.
I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to speak with you further about what I have written, and even beyond. Thank you.