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  • What's Your Preference, Java or Ruby?

    Article by Cory Guilory, Technical Recruiter at Workbridge San Francisco.

    With technology changing every day and the competition to create the most innovative and influential products rising by the millisecond, deciding on what technologies you are using to build these products is becoming even more crucial for success. With that being said, I want to examine two of the most used technology stacks in Silicon Valley and try to answer the question: Java or Ruby?

    Ruby on Rails is one of the hottest terms in technology and there are endless reasons why. Being that Ruby on Rails is an open-source web application, its popularity among developers has increased dramatically over the last 6 years. Its success is driven in part by thriving companies who benefit from the speed and agility of Rails, which boosts productivity and revenue.  

    Many of the companies that you know and love use Ruby in some capacity - Amazon, NASA, Groupon, and Yahoo, just to name a few. The fact that Ruby on Rails is providing an open-source programming framework that includes reusable and easily configurable components makes working with this language appealing to programmers. 

    With start-ups increasingly focused on information delivery rather than physical product delivery, many choose Rails to build apps quickly, at low cost and, therefore, low risk. As businesses explore how they can use Ruby on Rails to build their next generation of products and services for consumers and employees, they’ll discover the significant development time-saving Ruby on Rails offers. Coupling this with low up-front investment and overall cost savings, it makes perfect sense that we’ll continue to see more companies choosing Ruby on Rails in the future.

    Now that we've gotten everyone excited, I want to shed some light on one of the most used technologies in the world and how Java has significant advantages over other languages and environments. Unlike Ruby on Rails, Java has been in use for more than 20 years. Java was originally designed for interactive television, however, it was too far ahead of its time. Java is an object-orientated programming language designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It is intended to let application developers "write once, run anywhere", meaning that code that runs on one platform does not need to be recompiled to run on another. 

    Another key benefit of using Java is its security features. The Java platform allows users to download untrusted code over a network and run it in a secure environment in which it cannot do any harm. It cannot infect the host system with a virus, cannot read or write files from the hard drive, and so forth. Java uses 16-bit Unicode characters, rather than the more traditional 8-bit characters, that represent only the alphabets of English languages which allows for increased usability worldwide.

    The final, and perhaps most important reason to use Java, is that programmers like it. Java is a simple and elegant language with a well-designed, intuitive set of APIs, allowing programmers write better code with fewer bugs, again reducing development time.  

    Choosing between these two technologies for your web programming can be difficult, but the expectation of your end-user, quality, and timeliness of executing your deliverable will guide your choice. Do you opt for one of the world’s most well-trusted, well-designed, and secure technologies in use with Java, or are you intrigued by the "new kid on the block" who can offer low cost, low complexity web applications that can get your product up and running in no time with Ruby? 

  • 2013 Tech Trends in DC

    Article by John Howard, Practice Manager in Workbridge DC

    With the year winding down, it’s a good time to share some of the trends we’ve been noticing in DC throughout 2013. There’s a lot of good news in the DMV tech sector. I’m seeing the highest salaries and lowest interview to job-filled ratios that I’ve seen since I moved to DC from New York in 2011. Actually, the best interview to offer and acceptance ratios that I’ve seen in the 7 years I’ve worked for Workbridge. And that includes my first 4+ years in NYC! Here are a few quick focal points:

    Higher Production, Higher Salaries, and End of Year Hiring:

    Some raw data: In the second half of 2012 (Jul 1 – Dec 31), 38% of our fulltime placements were at $100k+. In the second half of 2013, 60% of our fulltime placements have been at, or over, $100k (some well north of this number), a 22 point jump! This is distributed over the exact same number of placements to date. The difference is, we still have a month left in the year! This data correlates with what we’re seeing across the country. From NYC to Silicon Valley, salaries are up. While we’re not in the valley, check out this article.

    This dovetails nicely into end of year hiring. Often, the assumption is that nothing happens between Thanksgiving and the new year. In some cases this is accurate. However, for companies or groups that haven’t filled this year’s open headcount, it can be a mad rush to get the last positions filled, and obviously this creates a favorable condition for job seekers. This is certainly the case right now. We’re a 5-person recruiting team and there’s no exaggeration when I say we’re working with 30+ companies who are ready to hire today, many with multiple openings.


    While there will be pockets of hiring for almost everything, we’re seeing the strongest results in four primary areas: Java, UI/JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, Data Scientists/Engineers.

    • Java still seems strongest in DC and along the I-66 and 267 corridors, though is prevalent everywhere in the DMV. Most shops are still looking for fullstack experience, using Java EE, Spring/SpringMVC, EJB3+, Hibernate, JUnit, REST, MapReduce/Hadoop, & good knowledge of relational (+ for nonrelational) databases.
    • It’s pretty well-known that both UI and end-to-end JavaScript technologies have evolved and continue to evolve, which leaves companies scrambling to find talented developers to leverage everything from jQuery to Twitter Bootstrap to AngularJS (along with, for that matter, any and all emerging UI libraries and frameworks, CSS preprocessors like LESS & SASS).
    • Fullstack is desired everywhere, and this is no different for RoR tech. A lot of companies are leveraging Ruby 1.9+ and Rails 3.2, including JavaScript, REST, RSpec, and Resque.
    • If companies aren’t already leveraging data science & analytics, likely there are plans to do so. Again, Hadoop is used quite a bit, along with Python, C++, R, Matlab, & D3.js for data visualization.

    I didn’t take into account a handful of other interesting and emerging job fields (C++, Drupal, mobile, and PHP are still steady markets), as the bulk of what companies are aggressively searching for are listed above. We continue to work to cultivate strong relationships with technologists in the area. I’m always ready to jump on a phone call, Skype, or meet for coffee or a beer with anyone who is actively or passively interested in the DC job market.

    Our Focus (company types, location, contract & fulltime):

    We continue to focus primarily on commercial & non-profit companies, with a focus being on a variety of SaaS / software product, and startups. We have recently partnered up with a couple professional services companies that are creating some really groundbreaking tech changes for established departments of the government infrastructure – a bit different from the typical roles many in the government and professional services sectors are used to. The entire metro DC area is hiring, and we’re skewed about 75% fulltime, 25% contract or contract-to-perm (contract jobs are about the only roles that ever allow for remote/telecommute work).

    Tech in Motion DC Events:

    Tech in Motion is our cross-brand event series that typically involves popular and emerging tech topics and panelists. Some recent ones included a Green Technology panel at Opower, and our most recent Demos and Drinks mixer in DC, with companies like Audax Health and others presenting. For more info or future events in DC check out our page. More and more, people are leaning on networking groups to make professional connections, and that trend is no different in DC!

  • Workbridge San Francisco Volunteers at Project Open Hand

    The Workbridge San Francisco office volunteered at Project Open Hand mid-August of 2013. “Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to seniors and the critically ill.” Every day, Project Open Hand organizes 2,500 healthy meals and provides 400 bags of groceries to clients that suffer from serious illnesses and health challenges. Workbridge San Francisco was able to be a part of 125 daily volunteers that show up at the doors of Project Open Hand to help give back to a community that is looking for a helping-hand. 

    It all started with the team heading across the beautiful city of San Francisco on the 38 bus. As everyone started to get excited, they arrived at the doors of Project Open Hand.

    Once the team was settled in and ready to start, they were taken on an orientation tour of Project Open Hand and were provided with a delicious dinner. After the tour, the group was then able to begin their job as prep cooks and kitchen helpers. Seven team members came together with volunteers from all sorts of different backgrounds to help create meals that would be distributed throughout the Bay Area the next day.

    Overall, their experience with Project Open Hand was exciting, eye opening, and educational. The team walked away with new culinary skills and the ability to say that they were able to help someone else!

    Giving back to your community can be rewarding but best of all, it’s needed! If you’re interested in volunteering or have questions about Project Open Hand Please call (415) 447-2300.   

  • Market Knowledge Monday at Workbridge Boston

    The lack of sleep due to Daylight Saving Time did not stop our recruiters from tackling this Monday with hard work and some research. Another Manic Monday means another Market Knowledge Monday where Workbridge Boston keeps on track with and up to date on everything going on in the Boston tech community and hiring scene. This week's winner was recruiter, Andy Kahan on the Network Infrastructure team who shared with the office a map of Boston start-ups that he found while reading the Boston Business Journal.

    "Kinvey, a well-known startup based in Cambridge since graduating from TechStars Boston in 2011, this week moved its offices to Boston's Downtown Crossing neighborhood — and released a map highlighting the growing concentration of startups in Boston proper."

    Not only does the map showcase the shift from startups typically being located in the Cambridge area to the expansion into Boston proper, it also highlights the fact that Boston is a hub for entrepreneurs who work hard to have their ideas come to life and their companies started. Full article here.

     Other honorable mentions:

    Mass Tech Leadership Council's Annual Meeting in Boston. Governor Deval Patrick will join the Boston tech leaders to discuss how to make the tech ecosystem in Boston even better than it is already. 

    The BBJ announces the 2013 Pacesetters. Last Tuesday Boston Business Journal announced a list of the region's fastest-growing private companies, 70% of which located in Massachusetts. 

    New Neighbors! An Israel-founded firm, Nipendo, whose cloud technology aims to improve B2B trade processes is making the move to Boston and opening up their Headquarters in Cambridge.

    The $100M club: 5 Boston tech firms with $100M in VC. An article from the BBJ discussing the VC funding of a few Boston tech firms.

    Looking for a new job opportunity? Check out our open positions!

    Don't forget to follow us on Twitter: @WorkbridgeMA for the latest tech news, job openings, and Tech in Motion information.

  • Workbridge NYC: Home to Our Vice President of Sales & Recruiting!

    It is our pleasure to announce one of our own as the new Vice President of Sales and Recruiting!

    Drew Sussberg, has been with Workbridge Associates for over 9 years now working his way up the corporate ladder. He has led his team and the New York City region, while also being an inspiration to our staff as the top sales professional in our company for 2 years running, Regional Director and now Vice President!

    His hard work, attention to detail and stellar ability to land our job-seekers positions they love and assist our clients time and time again by introducing amazing tech talent has not gone unnoticed. In fact, he is an inspiration to many within our organization.

    Congratulations to you once again Drew! You deserve it!

    Just a few words from his colleagues:

    "Drew's leadership and ability to raise the bar of performance is second to none." -Sloane Barbour, Regional Director of NYC

    "One of my favorite things about my job here is that Drew performs as he does. To watch him continue to expand his business and management skills but at the same time remain the top sales person in the company pushes all of us to do better every day. It’s not something you see in other jobs, and it makes a world of difference." -Samantha Epstein, Practice Manager

    "Drew Sussberg epitomizes a consummate professional in every aspect of his life.  He embodies the values of this organization and exemplifies daily what it means to be an “insider” in the technology community.  Drew attacks problems with the fervor of a rabid gorilla.  He has taught me everything I know about sales, and I will be forever indebted to him for doing so." -Blake Williams, Practice Manager

    "I thought I knew what hustle was, until I met Drew Sussberg. Now, I realize that what I thought was hustle, is Drew's relaxed state." -Joseph Schurig, Practice Manager

  • Chicago Security Meetup: January 2013

    Workbridge Chicago hosted the Chicago Security Meetup last night in their office. The presenter was awesome, and gave a very informative talk on DDoS attacks.

    We had a great turnout of about 65 people, our biggest yet. Looks like we're going to have to get some more chairs for the next one!

    So far, the feedback has been great. We'll be looking to organize our next event soon, so if you or anyone you know might be interested in giving a presentation, get in touch! And if you missed out on this month's, don't forget to join the group to stay informed about future events!

    How to get in touch:

    Email: [email protected]

    Phone: (312) 726-6700

  • Workbridge Recruiter Spotlight: Rob Pabalan

    Rob Pabalan has been with Workbridge Chicago since August of 2011 where he works to find new jobs for .NET Developers. He's a key part of the Microsoft Development team and is always ready to lend his enthusiasm when the office needs help avoiding an afternoon slump.

    WB: Rob, what’s your favorite part of working at Workbridge?

    Rob: My co-workers. This job is hard sometimes, but being surrounded by people I genuinely care about makes things much easier.

    WB: What do you think it takes to be a great recruiter?

    Rob: Persistence. Patience. Confidence, and a thick skin. Charm helps too *wink*

    WB: So charming. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not recruiting?

    Rob: Attending live shows and festivals. Music consumes my life outside of the office.

    WB: Do you have a favorite music festival?

    Rob: Northcoast Music Festival is my favorite local one. Ultra Music Festival down in Miami was a blast, but too expensive and commercial now. Electric Zoo in New York is my favorite one not in Chicago.

    WB: What words of advice would you like to send to the developers of Chicago?

    Rob: Don’t be afraid to explore what’s out there. Make more cool things so that I can buy them and promote them. Let me be your advocate.

    If you're interested in contacting Rob?

    Call the office: (312) 726-6700

    E-mail Rob: [email protected]

  • New Year and New Beginnings for Workbridge San Francisco!

    Workbridge San Francisco has seen a bunch of exciting additions in the New Year!

    We've officially moved into our new office on New Montgomery street. The office looks great and the view is amazing! We had to move because we're growing. It's a good problem to have!

    Recalling back to a previous blog about Scott's promotion, he has started his own team!

    Now our teams specialize in the following:

    1) Java, Ruby on Rails, and .NET

    2) LAMP, Linux Systems Administrators, and Dev-Ops Engineers

    3) UI/UX Designers and Engineers as well as Mobile Developers

    4) Quality Assurance, DBA, and Datawarehouse Engineers

    The beginning of a New Year is the perfect time to find your dream job! Contact us today and we can help you start the year off right: (415) 982-0500


    Come by and check out the view from our new office! It is breathtaking!

    33 New Montgomery St., Suite 1840

    San Francisco, Ca 94105

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