Dynamic Language Ninja (or Pirate) - Telecommuting Allowed

onceuponapriori at gmail.com onceuponapriori at gmail.com
Mon Jul 2 22:41:57 CEST 2007

I searched for old messages containing job posts, and saw no one
complaining, so I assume it is ok to post here. Please accept my
apologies if it is not. That said, here's our position!

Dynamic Language Ninja (or Pirate)

Etsy is an online marketplace for buying and selling all things
handmade: clothing, music, furniture, software, jewelry, robots. We
launched on June 18, 2005, and ever since then have been empowering
our users to make a living doing what they love most.

We are seeking an experienced dynamic language devotee to join our web
development effort. You'll be using python, javascript and other
technologies to whip up innovative web applications in many
challenging and interesting domains: social and community, ecommerce,
search, and even software development.

Please take a moment to read through the more detailed requirements
listed below to insure that you are the right person for the job. If
so, send an email introducing yourself to work at etsy.com, being sure to
include your resume and an answer to the programming challenge at the

 * 5+ years of web development experience
 * 3+ years of writing production-level code with a dynamic language
(python, ruby, lisp, smalltalk, OO javascript, etc)
 * Strong OOP skills
 * Understanding of dynamic language idioms and patterns
 * Ability and willingness to pick up other languages and technologies

 * Ability to write python code idiomatically
 * Experience with javascript
 * Experience with the django framework
 * Experience with java, postgresql and/or php

 * Lives in South Bay California, New York City or South Florida
 * Plays guitar hero

A valid answer will be either a solution to the problem below, or a
link to some code of which you are particularly proud.

Problem: In the dynamic language of your choice, write a short program
that will:

 1. define a list of the following user ids 42346, 77290, 729 (you can
hardcode these, but it should still work with more or less ids)
 2. retrieve an xml document related to each user at this url "http://
 3. retrieve the data contained in the city element from each xml
 4. keep a running total of how many users are found in each city
 5. display the total count of users living in each city

You can assume user ids are valid and that the url is available. The
output should look something like:

Charlotte: 1
New York: 2

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