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README.md

SparkFun Hacker Application

Collaborate with a team of professionals in an open source company to build cool stuff that matters!

About this repository

This repository is intended for applicants to positions in the IT Department of SparkFun Electronics, including Full Stack Developer, Web Developer Student Intern, Development Project Manager, and Director of Information Technology. This repository is a standard way by which candidates demonstrate basic distributed version control skills, provide code samples, and answer more in-depth questions.

Typically an applicant will come in by a job post on one of many job boards with little more than a resume and cover letter. Applicants who look viable on paper will be invited to a brief phone screen that includes an initial technical assessment. Well-qualified applicants will then be invited to fork and complete this repository in advance of an in-person interview.

Ambitious applicants can set themselves apart by taking the initiative to complete this repository before being invited to do so.

How to use this repository

  1. Fork this repository.
  2. Follow the instructions in the README files contained within each top level directory.
  3. Send a pull request back to SparkFun.

Note that pull requests can either be sent back to the main repository or you can create a branch on your fork and create a pull request into master on your fork. The latter method requires that you contact your contacts in the hiring process (or, if you're submitting a pull req uninvited,the management of the SparkFun IT department) with a link to your pull reques. Use the latter method if you prefer some degree of anonymity.

What Happens To Your Pull Request

Your pull request will never be merged (to keep this repository open for the applicants that use it after you). When you've either been hired or declined your pull request will simply be closed.

During the review process you may find comments applied to your pull request - asking questions, seeking clarification, a rogue compliment, etc.

Legal Stuff Regarding Your Pull Request

No content from your pull request will be used by SparkFun Electronics for any purpose other than assessing the quality of a given applicant.

We won't rip off your code. You retain copyright on any pull request you submit.

However, by submitting a pull request, you affirm that the content within is solely your original work. Content generated collaboratively with other individuals must be identified as such and content generated entirely by other individuals should not be included. Failure to meet these guidelines may result in disqualification as an applicant.

SparkFun Development Position Information

About the Company

SparkFun Electronics is an online shop for the do-it-yourself electronics enthusiast. Our customers include inventors, artists, students, hobbyists, and just plain curious individuals looking for some fun tinkering with electronics.

SparkFun is also very committed to bringing electronics education into the mainstream by curating free educational materials and working with schools and institutions around the country to bring electronics into the classroom. Lastly, SparkFun is a staunch advocate of the open source movement, most recently being a leader in Open Source Hardware.

About the Department

SparkFun's Information Technology department is responsible for all company computer systems, including a 350 sqft on-site data center for internal data storage, network services, building security, and a full production web stack for all SparkFun web properties. The department also runs custom development on all web properties including the primary ecommerce website (sparkfun.com), the primary educational resources website (learn.sparkfun.com), and Sparkle, SparkFun's custom-built ERP system.

Where possible (which is most everywhere) open source languages, tools, and technologies are used and where possible code developed by SparkFun IT is given back to the community as open sourced libraries.

Development Team Positions

Not all positions have openings at any given time. See the SparkFun job page for current listings.

Various position descriptions are available as markdown files in the top of this repository:

Legal Stuff

This repository is licensed under the MIT License:

Copyright (c) 2015 SparkFun Electronics

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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