New Blog & Hiring Needs

Well I failed badly in my mission to blog every week of 2017. I guess life and stuff just got in the way in the end. I’ll try to be more consistent in the second half of 2018.

Anyway, I bring some news: I have a new blog engine, and we are hiring at Stack Overflow!

New blog engine

I was previously using WordPress but had many issues and concerns with it. One of the biggest concerns was that the site was not mobile friendly, and making it responsive was next to impossible.

As a result, I began to explore new blogging platforms. I was particularly interested in the static content generators, as they solve a lot of technical issues for mostly static sites (such as caching).

I tried Jekyll but when I realized how ridiculous it was trying to set up a simple blog I passed on it:

That got old fast. Thankfully some of my coworkers and friends - Julia Silge and Matt Sherman - put me onto Hugo.

Although I’m a die-hard .NET guy, I have to hand it to the people behind both Go and Hugo. This CMS is excellent. Porting my blog from WordPress was a breeze; it took me a few hours over 2 or 3 weeknights at most to complete. I was even able to import all of my old blog post comments over to the new Disqus comments which I am now using.

As you read this, my blog is statically generated and hosted on GitHub Pages. No, really, check it out! I am super impressed by how flexible and easy both Hugo and GitHub Pages are, and by being able to write my blog with Markdown, committing it, and having it instantly updated. Good stuff.

I highly recommend that you check out Hugo and GitHub Pages for your blogging needs as well.

Okay, enough fawning over Hugo, onto another interesting topic.

Stack Overflow is hiring!

I have worked here for almost 4 years now, and can say with a straight face that this is the best job that I’ve ever had.

We’re hiring a bunch of technical positions right now, including an Engineering Manager, a VP of Engineering, and many Full-Stack Web Developers!

If any of these listings sound interesting to you, I’d encourage you to apply directly. If you have questions or would like to discuss the positions before applying, my Twitter DMs are open so give me a shout - I’d love to hear from you.

I hope you’ll consider working with us. We have awesome benefits, very low turnover, great culture, and terrific people. Best of all: you can work from anywhere in the world.

Blogging more often

Well that’s all the updates for now. I will endeavor to blog more consistently in the next half of 2018. Sorry for the long wait on this post, and for dropping the ball. Thanks for reading!

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