Looking for a job!

Hello everyone – it’s finally that time. After finishing my Master’s and a bit of a break I’m finally looking for a job.

For the impatient, my CV/resume: online PDF

Who are you?

I’m Tobi, online I’m better known as PragTob. I’m a Berlin based full-stack engineer (with a bit of a tendency towards the backend) and deeply interested in agile methodologies, web technologies, software craftsmanship and teaching. I contribute to a variety of open source projects (e.g. Shoes, Hackety Hack and after_do), engage in a multitude of community events (e.g. Ruby User Group Berlin), enjoy attending and speaking at conferences.

My favorite programming language at the moment is Ruby and it’s the one I’m most experienced with, along with my favorite implementation JRuby. Naturally I’m also interested in other programming languages, these days mostly Clojure. As for frameworks, I’ve done quite some work with Ruby on Rails, writing applications and teaching it at workshops and courses.

You can check me out more online, including profiles etc., at my website. Of course, looking around this blog can also give you a pretty good idea of what I’m like.

What are you looking for?

A great job of course! Working on interesting problems with nice colleagues in an interesting area, where I can learn new things. I’m mostly interested in web development and related technologies. If the company supports the community and contributes back to open source (or even has an open source product!) – all the better!

I prefer working in an office with my co-workers, working together, pair programming and discussing options in front of the white board. That said, other options are possible. I love open source and am used to distributed working on open source projects, for instance.

At this point in my life I want to refrain from working for advertising companies, banks and the likes. Moreover, I really want to stay in Berlin for now, it’s a great city with many great companies. Something super awesome would have to come up, to make me move. Also, a job where I’m away from Berlin most of the time is probably not ideal for me.

What now?

Well if I sound like someone you want to work with or if you want to figure out if you want to work with me, please go ahead and get in touch 🙂 You can shoot me an email at pragtob@gmail.com

As a reminder, since you made it this far, you can find my CV here

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Automatically compile CoffeeScript on Save with gedit

CoffeeScript is a nice layer on top of JavaScript that takes away quite many of JavaScripts quirks and rough edges. I really like it as it makes development much more enjoyable to me. It compiles directly to JavaScript which is awesome for compatibility reasons. However that means whenever you change a file and want to test the changes you have to recompile the file. Some editors do this automatically. gedit however doesn’t have CoffeeScript support out of the box.

That’s relatively easy to fix however. At first you should go ahead and install syntax highlighting for CoffeeScript. So now we got some nice syntax highliting, looks better right?

The auto compile problem is also easy to fix. gedit comes with the External Tools plugin which makes it fairly easy to fix this when CoffeeScript is already installed properly (for installation information click here).

At first you need to activate the External Tools plugin. Go to Edit->Preferences and then select the Plugins tab. It should look like this:

External Tools in gedit
The plugins menu in the gedit preferences

Make sure that the box before External Tools is checked. Now you can go to Tools->Manage External Tools… Click on the + on the bottom left in order to add a new tool. Name it however you like and insert the following in the code box:


#!/bin/sh
coffee -c $GEDIT_CURRENT_DOCUMENT_PATH

Now you can choose whatever shortcut you would like for this command. If you make sure to set the applicability to CoffeeScript files only and set Save to “Current Document”, then you can even set the shortcut to Ctrl + S. That works beautifully for me.  The option to set the applicability to CoffeeScript only might only be available after installing the syntax highlighting for gedit mentioned earlier. Here’s what my settings for my compile CoffeeScript tool look like:

External Tools Settings
The External Tools Settings for making CoffeeScript compile automatically on save

This should do it. If it doesn’t work, feel free to leave a comment so we can sort that out 🙂

Happy coding everyone!

PS: This should also work with pluma, a fork of the old gedit editor from the MATE project