GigPark – Ruby on Rails Developer

Toronto, ON

About us

GigPark is a Toronto-based web startup that’s growing fast

  • Built with Ruby on Rails and hosted on EC2
  • We develop iteratively and release regularly
  • We care about quality – our code is well-designed and tested
  • We work hard, but smart. We believe less code is better and simple UI design is key
  • We’re not religious about technology. We believe in using the right tool for the job
  • We like to give back to the open source community

About you

  • You have a passion for the web
  • You believe that database design is part of application development and you care what happens after your code is deployed
  • You have a portfolio of open-source or commercial work you’re proud to show us
  • You have opinions on better tools & technologies and love to try new things. You are also pragmatic and choose the best tool for the job
  • You have a solid understanding of software fundamentals including: programming languages, scalability, security and source code management

Ideally you have experience with most of the following:

  • Ruby on Rails
  • SQL and database design
  • HTML & CSS (we use Haml and Sass)
  • JavaScript
  • Linux or other *NIX OS’s
  • Test-driven development
  • Web standards

… but you love to learn new tools & technologies so you’re confident that you can quickly become an expert in any of these that may be new to you!

Design skills would be a bonus!

We’re offering

  • Chance to join a growing startup before everyone knows the name
  • Competitive salary

If you’re interested, or know someone that might be, please get in touch:

Direct Leap – Developer

We are a small but established company building telephony applications with Ruby and Asterisk. Our products are specifically designed for national, non-profit customers. Our growing, long-term customer base have used the products we develop to achieve startling progressive election victories.

Our key product is a part-Rails, part custom distributed network application with an AJAX+Comet interface. We are an Agile/Scrum shop, and do test driven development.

We’re looking to add two permanent full time developers to our growing team. We work hard, but give everyone a minimum one month per year paid vacation. Our office is in a converted textile factory at Queen and Spadina. Direct Leap is chartered as a social enterprise (


Send your résumé to with a bullet point list of your skillsets. Please describe what has helped you to be a better listener, and explain why you feel Direct Leap would be a fit.

meshU schedule

meshu I’m a big fan of meshU. I was lucky enough to speak last year. Mike McDerment has announce the initial meshU schedule today. Perhaps a little Rails focused on the development side (AideRSS, Unspace and Engine Yard – even 37signals on the design side), this might be a result of FreshBooks using Rails for part of their infrastructure. I hope that Michael and the team will consider expanding the technologies to include things like PHP and Drupal, jQuery, other MVC frameworks, other mobile & rich client development environments, configuring your development environment.

The initial schedule looks great for designers and developers. It’s hands-on practical exposure to leading Web 2.0 technologies, techniques and patterns. meshU is a bargain, it’s $289 to attend ($25 for a limited number of student tickets). It fits right into a similar spot that TechDays filled for developers on the Microsoft stack. Way less expensive than Mix, PDC or Web2Expo particularly when you remove the travel costs. I love seeing world-class talent and conversation happening in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver (yes, I know that meshU is only in Toronto – for now).




What: meshU
Registration: $289 – Limited number of student tickets at $25
When: Monday, April 6, 2009 (all day)
Where: MaRs Discovery District Auditorium

Toronto, Ontario

zinc Roe – Systems Admin/Developer

Toronto, ON

zincroedesign Our full-time back-end technology expert is moving on to a great new opportunity in California. We are beginning the hunt for someone to fill his shoes. Here is more on what we are looking for…

zinc Roe is looking for a linux-minded developer to build and maintain backend systems for our web projects and tend the dedicated servers that keep our lovingly-crafted web goodness flowing out to the masses. The job involves working with our hosting provider to ensure the smooth operation of these servers. It also involves designing and building backend systems for our projects using PHP and Ruby on Rails.


  • Monitor and maintain Linux-based web servers.
  • Architect and write web applications using PHP and Ruby on Rails.
  • Research and recommend technical solutions for new projects.
  • Perform routine updating and maintenance of web applications.
  • Configure and maintain regular backups of our systems.
  • Maintain our trac-based code repository system.

Must Have

Candidates must have:

  • Hands-on experience with command-line Linux including shell scripting.
  • Proven experience with PHP, mySQL and Apache.
  • Solid understanding of fundamental technologies including HTTP, TCP/IP, and DNS.
  • A hungry mind eager to learn new skills.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

Experience with subversion, trac, cacti, and drupal are not required but would be a definite asset. We promise a rewarding job working with some talented folks working on creative projects. This is a full-time position with benefits. Interested candidates should send resumes to jobs at

zinc Roe is an award-winning studio specializing in creating engaging websites, games and activities for kids and youth. Take some time to browse our portfolio and learn about the kind of work we do. As long as you have enthusiasm and sound technical foundation we are happy to provide opportunities for the write candidate to pick up specific skills. Please send a resume and include URLs for recent projects to jobs *at*

Zerofootprint Software – Jr/Int Ruby on Rails Developer

Toronto, ON

Zerofootprint Software Inc. is looking for a Rails developer who is also passionate about making a positive change on the environment. You’ll be working in our casual and cool downtown office environment with our small and dedicated development team. Each of our developers gets to work on a MacBook Pro with a widescreen monitor and access to unlimited free coffee!


  • Build and maintain new and existing Rails applications in an enterprise environment
  • Front end integration through service layer communication
  • A generalized specialist gaining knowledge in the areas your core competencies deal with


  • Computer Science degree
  • New graduates are welcome to apply
  • 1-2 years programming experience
  • 1+ years Rails experience
  • Experience with Javascript (preferably JQuery), XHTML and CSS
  • Experience with a version control system such as SVN
  • Experience with Unix, Linux or OSX
  • Willingness to learn new skills

Nice to Haves

  • Experience with ActiveResource and web services
  • Experience with JRuby / Java
  • Experience with MySQL
  • Design experience

Please send your resume and cover letter to with the subject "Junior/Intermediate Ruby on Rails Developer".

Unspace Interactive – XHTML/CSS Ninja

Toronto, ON

Position Filled

Unspace Interactive, the A-list brilliant-slash-eccentric Ruby on Rails development studio, is looking for a talented web interface designer to join their small team full time. They are based at the heart of the Queen/Spadina tech grotto in sunny downtown Toronto, Ontario.

Compensation is $90 hourly (on a contract, time and materials basis) for the XHTML+CSS ninja of legend. She must understand the entire creative pipeline: brainstorming, mock-ups, cross-browser standards-driven templates, and iterative development with back-end and Ajax developers. He has to be an excellent communicator, or it’s just not going to work out. Mac OS X and Rails/Haml experience is a bonus but not required.

Please note that Unspace hires primarily based on personality — Jakob Nielsen is already fired. Are you the 1962 World’s Fair love child of Ed Tufte and Björk? Come over right now. Please leave your rounded, pastel, reflective drop shadows at home.

Send portfolio links to and clever jokes to:(sorry, email address removed. position filled) before 5pm, January 30th 2008.

UHN – Web Developer/Digital Librarian

Toronto, ON

Position: Technical Analyst I – Web Developer/Digital Librarian
Site: Toronto General Hospital
Department: Centre for Global eHealth Innovation
Reports to: Senior Scientist
Scale/Grade: H5
Salary Range: $26.87-$33.59/hour
Hours: 35 per week
Status: Permanent Full-Time


The Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, a joint effort of the University of Toronto and University Health Network, is searching for a Web Developer / Digital Librarian to join their rapidly growing multidisciplinary team who´s vision is to improve health for all through information and communication technologies. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in web programming with Ruby on Rails (preferably also PHP / LAMP) Web / Web 2.0, website design and development, systems and server administration.

This candidate will be primarily the technical lead for WebCite (, an archiving system for cited web-based material, and provide general development support for the Eysenbach Research Group.


  • Designing and implementing a web archiving system ( with PHP/MySQL
  • Resolving any server/technical issues that arise with either
  • Providing technical guidance and support for new research projects
  • Liaise with publishers and long term digital preservation partners such as Internet Archive and others


  • Undergraduate Degree in Computer Science, information science, related field or recognized equivalent
  • Development of web 2.0 applications using Ruby on Rails or similar MVC framework (Django, Symfony, CakePHP)
  • Strong understanding and experience building applications with at least one web scripting language (PHP, Ruby or similar)
  • Ability to manage and deploy web applications on Linux using Apache, mod-proxy and Unix tools such as cron, rsync
  • Solid understanding of HTML and CSS, Javascript and use of Ajax libraries such as Prototype
  • Solid understanding of relational database design and administration of MySQL
  • Use of Rails features such as rake tasks and capistrano, mongrel is an asset
  • Experience working with data in XML, use of XPath queries and other tools is an asset
  • Experience with version control using Subversion is an asset
  • Excellent problem solving skills and a love for technical challenges
  • Capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing

Additional Assets

Interest in and knowledge about Web 2.0 approaches

  • Information science background, with technical knowledge about bibliographic and other metadata
  • Interest in webarchiving and digital preservation issues
  • Experience with content management systems, wikis etc.
  • A hand and eye for design, experience with tools like Flash
  • Experience with developing large/complex projects


In your cover letter, please describe how you address all the points above, and mention your salary expectations.

For further information on the digital preservation project WebCite, please check out the website at and look at related websites such as

Only hospital employees, who have successfully completed their probationary period, have maintained satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN’s attendance management program and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

University Health Network has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.

Improving the patient’s experience through patient centred care! For additional information on patient centred care please go to:

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