I have been working as the Web Services Developer in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at Simon Fraser University for the past several months. It has been an awsome experience so far as it has given me the opportunity to work with the latest and greatest in web technologies. Quite honestly, I’m getting paid to do the same things that I would be doing on my own time (and still do on my own time).
My duties vary widely and I have a lot of flexibility to choose the projects that I think will be the most beneficial for the Faculty. I inherited a number of systems from my predecessor, including the Plone powered Faculty website. Prior to starting this job, I had not worked with Plone. I had heard of it and I had read an article or two, but aside from that it was foreign to me. Plone is a web based content management system written in Python and running on the Zope application server. In plain English, that means that if allows people to edit their own web pages on the site without the assistance of a tech person like myself. It is, quite frankly, the best I have ever used, as I rarely need to delve into menial content editing duties. This means I have more time to spend on interesting projects.