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Job Opening: Sr. Web Developer

Job Description

We are looking for a qualified web developer for our award wining agency. Job is in Istanbul office.

Skills & Requirements

  • Excellent knowledge on PHP,
  • Excellent knowledge on HTML & Css,
  • Familiar with Html5 Css3,
  • Developed at least one plugin for one of the popular frameworks (mootols, prototype, jquery),
  • Excellent knowledge on Javascript (not framework, native javascript),
  • Experience with one of source version systems such as SVN, Github, Sourcesafe etc. is a must,
  • Experience with social media api’s (FB, twitter) is a must, 4sq is a plus,
  • Knows indent, outdent, why to use? How to logically name a variable,
  • One of MVC based frameworks for php is a must, Zend is preferred.
  • Excellent knowledge on Ajax, Json and Jsonp data,
  • OpenData knowledge is a huge plus,
  • Mobile application development is a huge plus,
  • Minimum 5 years of web development experience More

Newest driver in GOA

Definitely we have more advantages than the other people working in different agencies. One of them is, you will have a skill that gives you freedom, joy, balance and attention for the rest of your life. Didem is the newest driver in GOA.

Sunset in Anjuna

Just a view from Anjuna beach. (Below our office).
November, 2013

Developers… Developers… Developers…

2012 started with Duran’s joining to our development team. A new blood with an unlimited energy and a great sense of humor made us to code faster, better, less buggy and lot’s of laugh. We’ve arranged great birthdays, vacations, dinners and events. We’ve lost our dearest ones but whenever we check, our team was right next to us for support and patience.

We’ve found a great way to solve our conflicts. We’ve figured out that Facebook api will never work perfect and it’s no matter how many times you check, project managers will find a bug in your code while they test.

We learned that, if you advertise enough your app will have 1000 concurrent connections and it will work fine if you use cache. As a team, we worked in different cafe’s, cities, pools, seas and countries together or alone.We got drunk together, danced, sang songs, ate and played games.

In 2012, we’ve learned much from each other. The best thing i’ve learned was: the personality is much more important than the knowledge. If you believe in your team there is no project or revision that can’t be done.

We were great in 2011. We were better and greater in 2012.
And i have a feeling that we will be awesome in 2013.

artuc – on behalf of iGOA Development Team.

Back to the childhood

When i was 12 years old we were living in Bilecik / Sogut for 3 years and after 18 years, i finally had a chance to visit back. The weather was rainy and on our way back to Eskisehir it was impossible to see 2 meters away because of the fog. Luckily we had a great driver and found our way soon.

Sogut is the place which gave birth to Ottoman Empire and had a great history behind. Every year there is a festival to Commemorate of Ertugrul Gazi.

Almost for four months Duran was asking me to go fishing together but we couldn’t find a river to fish close to Istanbul (and we were lazy). Yesterday we finally had the chance for fishing but because of the dark and the cold weather all fishes were away.

It was a very lovely weekend to be here and as they say in Eskisehir: “there is life in the streets”.

Working in a beautiful city: Sehr-i Ask

After trip to Eskisehir on january for the Cankat’s birthday, Eskisehir was on my trip list to visit. October started with the motto i can go anywhere and my first stop was Bodrum. It was really nice to be there but, when you have a colleague with 1,85 cm height and 85 kg weight, after spending time in different cities you can’t find any more excuses to visit him :)

Eskisehir (aka Sehr-i Ask), is known to be as student’s city because of the two universities (Anadolu and Osmangazi). The population is young and the places are all designed for those people. So it was really easy for me to adapt :P This post is for the travelers who want to visit city on a weekend and what to do:

You can use the boat (it ships every 45 minutes on sunny weekends) from Koprubasi and during the trip to Kentpark on Porsuk river you will see really lovely statues designed by the academy of fine arts students. The river coasts area all green and young lovers are sitting, drinking, singing (and most of them were updating their twitter / facebook statuses). In Kentpark, i know it’s hard to believe but there is a beach (without sea) and a really big swimming pool. So the people in city can sunbath and swim on summer. If you love walking you can take a good walk to Love island and see the metal plates nailed on wooden sticks belong to celebrities. There are great places on your way to stop by a coffee and grilled ice cream. (Rosa Luna Cafe & Bistro was the place Cankat took us). While you were on the Kentpark and in love island, it’s probably you will see at least a couple people taking wedding photos and family members waiting for them. I believe the name “Sehr-i Ask” (Something like love city) comes from these people.

On the Porsuk river there are gondolas that you can take a romantic trip. (A small trivia info: Eskisehir is the only city in the world without sea but has a shipyard). Congrats to mayor!

For now, that’s all from eGOA. Our adventure is just started here and will be updating from the best pubs and night life from the city.

Till then, you can enjoy the gallery here.

This is How We Solve Our Conflicts in Development

When there are three developers working in the same project on different modules, it’s really easy to have conflicts about variable names, method parameters or the workflow.

Well, if you are working near the pool and if the weather is so hot it’s easy to solve those issues by just playing pool tennis or swimming contest. I have no idea what will be the solution when we’re back to Istanbul office but for now it’s good to be in Hotel Nova.