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Software Engineer for full-scale Perl apps; not just glue-scripting!

Posted: January 8, 2022
Company name: BookTrolls, LLC
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Country: United States
Pay rate: Usd $110000/yr to $140000/yr
Poster represents: an employer
Terms of employment: Hourly employee
Hours: Full time
Onsite: some
Description: BookTrolls is looking to hire top-notch developers to help fuel our rapid expansion. This will not just be a software integration/automation position. We write enterprise-class TCP/IP servers and large, performant back-end applications from the ground up (where ground == CPAN). We write software for a wide range of business applications for (almost entirely internal) users; and both our culture and our development model are pretty informal. Hours are flexible. Our software team is small, fast, flexible, and growing; and we offer a greater degree of creative control and project ownership than you'll find at "big" software companies. Plus, you can ride the forklift. This position is ideal for an ambitious, energetic self-starter with a mastery of Perl.

We offer a 401(k) with 100% match of up to 4% of your salary, with immediate vesting, plus medical and dental. Visa sponsorship available. Partial telecommute is available after your first 6 months and increases with seniority and performance. We offer relocation assistance to Houston. Starting salary is $110K for the mid-level position.


- Work with warehouse managers to gather requirements, design, implement, and enhance the software that runs every department
- Heavy client/server programming, from simple web scripts to massively multi-threaded custom TCP/IP servers
- Data warehousing, revenue analysis, and reporting
- Develop secure web services to interface with our partner businesses
- Use (and optionally contribute to) CPAN

About Our Company

We are one of the largest independent booksellers on the Amazon and eBay marketplaces, among other online marketplaces. Headquartered in Houston, we sell purely online and ship from four warehouses around the world. We started in a garage in 2006 and have since expanded to over 100 employees globally. Our main competitive advantage is our in-house software, which runs every aspect of our business and possesses capabilities rarely seen in our industry. Most of our competitors run their companies off shrink-wrapped 3rd-party vendor software -- and it shows. We are not a software company, but software is at the core of what we do.

Please note that our main website (booktrolls.com) does not reflect the primary business model that this position will support.
Desired skills: - Thoroughly fluent in Perl; preferably writing more than just "glue" scripts
- Fluent in object-oriented design
- Fluent in regular expressions
- Basic Linux command line skills (file manipulation, editors, grep, etc)
- Excellent code documentation skills
- There is no minimum requirement of work experience or education. We care about (and will heavily test) your skill, not your pedigree


- Multi-threading experience, including deadlocks, race conditions, etc
- Familiarity with BerkeleyDB, HTML, JavaScript, client/server programming, and system-level Linux skills
Contact information: Damon Hastings

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