Help Wanted

Okay, Microsoft may not be Joel Spolsky's vision
of the perfect software development company but it fits the bill for me and it
could for you, too.  Help Wanted: Development Lead for Microsoft Visual SourceSafe.

Benefits of the job--of which I am no expert--include a generous living wage, truly
upward mobility, a bus pass, a big empty office with all the ammenities, the requisite
foosball table and free drinks, virtually unlimited personal professional development
resources and gummies, a jaw-dropping god-I'm-lucky health plan, and the opportunity to
work with some of the smartest computer geeks in the world... including me. If you
send your resume today and eventually get hired, I'll even throw in a red Swingline

 This from Chris Flaat's weblog:

"Recruiting has been interesting.  I’ve
long done interviewing for Microsoft, and am pretty familiar with it.  But
trying to fill multiple open spots within a team is a real challenge.  I
have one position,
lead for source control integration and SourceSafe
, that oversees some
really interesting areas but I haven’t yet been able to fill.  It’s
a real paradox that when I write a blog entry that has anything to do with source
code control, I get tons of comments & feedback, but when I post a job looking
for world-class candidates to lead development of this area, I don’t hear much back
– and this when tech jobs in the US are said to be disappearing by the thousands every
yet.  I consider myself fairly well-read
and current on economic and technical trends, but I cannot figure out this contradiction!  If
you’re qualified for and interested in this position,
me e-mail

Microsoft kann für die Richtigkeit
und Vollständigkeit der Inhalte in dieser Newsgroup keine Haftung übernehmen.

Comments (11)

  1. Eric Sink says:

    It is my understanding that Swingline actually doesn’t even make red staplers, although they apparently have made at least one. 🙂

  2. I seem to recall that, prior to Office Space, there had never been a red Swingline (I’m a proud owner of a solid metal black one that’s about a decade old that will never leave my grips). However, after the movie, they did apparently make red available for a limited time… I don’t know if they’re still available or not. Might check E-bay. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Speaking of source control – What does MS uses as it’s SCM product? Are the rumors about a customized version of Perforce true?

  4. As far as I know, Microsoft does not have an "official" SCM product. I can’t speak for all teams, of course, but my team uses Visual SourceSafe for source control.

  5. Hopefully nobody takes offense at the comment, but the reason you’re having a hard time finding a world-class developer to be dev lead for VSS is: any developer who’s had experience "using" VSS (and that’s a fairly large proportion of the Windows developer community, I’d wager) would rather cuddle rabid bears wearing nothing but honey than get anywhere near the codebase for it. My two cents :).

  6. Andrew says:

    You can get a red swingline in the UK <a href="">here</a&gt;

  7. Hawk says:

    Get the history of the Red Swingline Stapler, purchase one, and take the Office Space Movie Quiz here:

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