How to Scare-off Female Candidates (from Josh Perry)Friends and I joke about this all the time. Working in IT, we tend to notice women, especially those in our profession, a lot more. Why? Because we're dorks/geeks/nerds?
At a company I once worked at, several of the developers would cycle into work each day. It was an exercise/eco-friendly thing, I guess. One of the more hard-core cyclists would often wear a full-body Lycra cycling suit for his ride... and would usually not bother changing out of it. He'd just hang out all day, wearing his spandex suit, and writing his code. Being a heavily male-dominated office (like most in the IT world), he could get away with this.
When it came to hiring a new developer, we found that rarest of gems: a qualified female candidate. Being female, she was pretty much guaranteed a job offer as soon as she sent in her résumé, but they brought her in for an interview just in case.
While she was in the interview, one of the interviewers casually joked, "so, how do you feel about working with men wearing full-body spandex suits?"
An uncomfortable silence ensued. They offered her the job. She declined.
The Daily WTF
I wish there were more women in our field. My team is currently made up of 4 women and 2 men. How cool is that? I even once worked with Doctor Colonel Irina Spalko...or was it Colonel Doctor? Eh...who cares?
Just a little over 2 weeks away...I hope you're ready. With the announcement of Exadata 2 and 11gR2 in the past month; SQL Developer today...what will they unveil at OpenWorld? It has to be big right?
There are still ways to get a free pass if you are so inclined. A week ago, the Oracle OpenWorld blog announced that they were accepting Video entries:
We're starting a video challenge on the blog today where every entry will receive the same registration discount that was open during the Early Bird registration period.OK, maybe it's not completely free...but it's better than paying full price.
Just make a 30-second video describing why you want to go to Oracle OpenWorld 2009.Use any camera you have close at hand—Webcam, cell phone, handheld. Give us your best, most creative, most innovative pitch, and post your video as a response to ours above on the Oracle Web Video YouTube channel before September 30.
SQL Developer: 2.1 Early Adopter 1
A new, early adopter release has been...umm...released.