Max is a Linux/Unix systems engineer and toolsmith.
Developers: Max does the stuff you hate to do. Sets up your SVN. Migrates your bugs database. Fiddles with your database default character encoding. Installs. Configures. Builds. Deploys. Troubleshoots. Monitors. Writes your scripts and sets up your cron jobs. Sets up and secures test, staging, production environments. Manages backups and disaster recovery. Deals with make, dependencies, network issues, and hosting configurations. And he’ll document it all for you. Which leaves you to do the stuff you love: write application code.
Businesspeople: Max does systems engineering and systems administration. You may think that if you have developers, you’ve got this stuff covered. You don’t. Your application developers hate to do this stuff, and they often aren’t very good at it. Don’t believe us? Ask them. “Hey, developers, where’s the build documentation?” Or “hey developers, would you rather work on our backup and recovery plan or implement this new cool feature over here?” Or, “hey, developers, our hosting company is charging too much money. Find a new one and migrate everything over to it.” If you pay Max to do that stuff for you, your developers will love you for it, and it will get done faster and better.
Amy does Ruby and Rails application development. Lately she’s been doing some work with Jruby and Java as well. She keeps threatening to pick up ActionScript 3 but hasn’t quite managed to do more than buy the Essential ActionScript 3 book and page through it.
Amy likes to work on apps that help other people get their work done. She does not want to work on developing a new form of Facebook SuperMetaMegaPoke.
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