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Web App Developer/Database Development

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Our client is looking for a web application developer with a strong background in database development to join a super fun and lively company, thriving in Chicago. This engineer will help our client improve a suite of in-house tools as well as a set of externally facing web pages. A keen eye for UI design is important, as well as the chops to implement it (and similarly, you should be able to implement a UI design created by peers). A strong understanding of data modeling, OO design principles and experience with the integration of disparate systems is desired. The existing code base is built upon the specific technologies listed below. While experience with all of them is a plus, a demonstrated commitment to disciplined software development practices and a history of successful efforts using similar technologies (if not the same exact ones) is what we're really after.


Musts for the position:
MySQL (or similar relational database) with ability to understand and construct multi-table joins on a schema with about 75 tables.
AS3 with an emphasis on OO programming principles.
Adobe Flex SDK (bonus: the FlexBuilder/FlashBuilder IDE).
XML as implemented in Flash.
PHP5, also with an eye toward the OO features of the language.
XML as implemented in PHP - both the DOM and SimpleXML libraries.
HTML, CSS, & Javascript

You should also:
Write clear, easy to understand code; and write clear, easy to understand documentation as well
Be able to read through and understand existing code
Have experience incorporating 3rd party libraries into code
Have experience with media production - working with media, audio files, graphics, animations, and all the tools required to make them – Illustrator, recording software, etc.
And in terms of characteristics, you should be….
Innovative – comfortable venturing unguided into unknown territory. Most of our development is centered on our proprietary authoring environment, which will require some fast ramp up.
Resourceful – Things go wrong, and current technology has its limitations. But you should be looking forward to anticipate areas of concern or risk for our projects. When unanticipated issues come up at exactly the wrong time (as they tend to do), you should be world-class at quickly and constructively working with our other programmers and/or independently to find solutions or workarounds.

Team-Oriented, as you’ll be working closely with our talented group of directors, writers, media producers, and project managers.
A strong communicator, both verbal and written
Fast & Efficient
Last but not least, funny. Or at least in possession of a great sense of humor. Interesting taste in music and/or deep knowledge of useless pop culture trivia is a non-job-related plus.

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