alan at catalyst.net.nz
Wed Oct 1 16:18:16 PDT 2008
I've just joined the mailing list so am just sending my introductory email.
I've just got back from a 3 year stint in London (Fulham) where I was
working as a perl programmer and sysadmin for NewsNow Publishing Limited
(www.newsnow.co.uk). NewsNow are an online news aggregator specialising
in football and UK press coverage. They scan over 30,000 web pages for
news articles ever 5-10 minutes. They get some sizable traffic (was up
to 11 million hits a month when I left, with an average annual growth
rate of 60%).
All the front and back end systems were written in Perl. On the up side
the company was very small (3-4 developers) and makes it's living these
days predominantly off on-line advertising (no clients, yah!). On the
down side the company has been around for a few years the job involved a
lot of (fairly nasty) legacy code.
See y'all on Tuesday.
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