Job opportunity: Web programmer/developer

Written by Adrian Holovaty on May 31, 2003

I interrupt this blogging hiatus to announce a job opportunity.

World Online, my employer here in beautiful Lawrence, Kansas, is looking for another Web programmer to help build cool stuff for our three sites,, and

Our team and our sites have an outstanding reputation in the online journalism industry. We do things other news sites don't even *dream* of doing, and we're not afraid to take risks. Here's what people have been writing about us lately:

If you're in the online news biz, this is the opportunity of your career. If you're not in the online news biz, don't let that scare you; journalism experience is preferred but not required.

Here's a general idea of what we're looking for:

  • Expert knowledge of PHP on the Apache Web server.
  • Expert knowledge of HTML/XHTML.
  • Experience designing, maintaining and programming Web interfaces to databases, particularly MySQL.
  • Experience building custom Web publishing systems/tools and managing dynamic Web sites.
  • Familiarity (and comfort) with Web standards, CSS, regular expressions, Perl, Javascript and the challenges of presenting information online.

You'd work directly with me. I am a nice guy.

Lawrence is a great place. It's a college town, 30 miles from Kansas City, with a thriving music scene, excellent local restaurants and an outstanding downtown that has put two malls out of business. I'm a city person -- I was born and raised in Chicago and worked in Atlanta before this job -- but I love this place.

If you're interested, contact me at aholovaty [at] ljworld [dot] com.

UPDATE, MANY YEARS LATER: This job was taken by Simon Willison.


Posted by kpaul on May 31, 2003, at 10:50 p.m.:

Could I tele-commute? :)

Sounds like a match for me, but I'm not in a position to move at this time.

Best of luck finding someone.

Posted by Adrian on May 31, 2003, at 11:12 p.m.:

Thanks, kpaul. Yes, you'd have to live in Lawrence, although we would consider allowing telecommuting to some degree. (e.g., once a week, which is what I do.)

Posted by kpaul on June 1, 2003, at 2:48 a.m.:

Great, make it sound even better. ;)

Posted by Dan Martin on June 1, 2003, at 4:16 a.m.:

If I was single I would give my left arm to work for, but my wife would never move to Kansas. It sounds like a great opportunity for some lucky soul.

Posted by Adrian on June 1, 2003, at 6:06 a.m.:

Thanks for the endorsement, Dan!

Posted by Justin on June 1, 2003, at 5:52 p.m.:

I have none of the expert knowledge, experience, familiarity or comfort you need. Does the writing/content side need anything?

Posted by prawnFresh on June 4, 2003, at 1:32 p.m.:

Well I live in Shrewsbury, Shropshire... United Kingdom... any chance of funding my move?

I don't know PHP/MySQL that well, but I'd need to give two months notice anyway... and in that time I could pick up everything that needs to be known. I'm a fast learner!

Posted by Erick Neverson on June 30, 2003, at 7:38 p.m.:

I believe I meet your requirements. Please visit the url I posted.

Posted by TW on July 14, 2003, at 3:29 p.m.:

Is this position still available?

Posted by cheesy poofs on October 11, 2005, at 1:56 p.m.:

well.....looks like this position isnt open anymore, damn it!! i really wanted that job. oh well.

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