Archive for December, 2008

Interns are Awesome – Part III

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

A note from our former intern Dylan on his experience at Firefall Pro.

Katie,

I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner. The email got buried in my inbox and I forgot about it.

Firefall really was a fun place to work. It had a laid back environment where you can do/learn as much as you’re willing to take on. I personally got to try my hand at several new programming languages for both front and backend development. I also got to work on various projects from core PHP libraries to corporate webpages. The pace did seem a little fast at times but Scott was always willing to answer my questions or give an impromptu lesson. I learned more about web development over that summer than I did the previous four years getting my CS degree.

Again, I’m sorry this is so late. Hope you guys find it useful and that everything is going well.

And in a subsequent email for the sake of self-aggrandizement and because I’m uber awesome:

On a side note, I think you are easily the best HR (please don’t be insulted if that’s not actually your position) person I’ve ever dealt with. I’ve had to wait weeks if not months to hear from every company I’ve dealt with since this summer. It’s really refreshing to have conversations in real time.

Thanks,
Dylan

Interns are Awesome – Part II

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Another letter regarding our internship program has arrived!!! Let us bask in the glory.

My experience at Firefall Pro surpassed all my expectations and probably redefined them altogether. I came in with that fresh-intern-meat readiness to learn and eagerness to work, but I didn’t stop to think about what kind of experience I was looking for until I had already started at Firefall Pro. Everyone was friendly but honest, positive but realistic, and as likely to make fun of themselves as they were of me. Ok fine, a little more likely to make fun of me, but the point is I could have been stuck with a floor full of dead beat baby boomers and I wasn’t. They welcomed me not only to the world of web development but also to the great city of New York with a rough sense of sarcasm on a foundation of good will… oh and they converted me to Mac. I feel enlightened.

voila.

-GIO

Interns are Awesome – Part I

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

So I asked interns past and present to write us a little blurb about their experiences here. They so kindly did! I’d like to share their words of wisdom with you all….

Hello Katie,

Greetings from Cornell! I hope you are all doing well. Sorry I’m sending this so late… Scott was right about me procrastinating on this.

For me, a lot of the internship was a new experience for me. The interview was my first job interview, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect but both you and Scott made me feel at ease and kept the interview going. It was very helpful of Scott to point out different parts of my resume that were weak or lacking. I found Scott’s Learning Time to be pretty fun and informative, but everything stuck in my head much better when I applied what I learned to mocking up an actual site. I would’ve liked to see more of how Javascript and PHP were implemented into HTML designs, but I guess the designs didn’t really call for that so I can’t complain. I didn’t really have the Javascript or PHP background to do anything other than styling, but, overall, I really enjoyed the laid-back work environment. The only things I think the workplace needed were: 1) more Pig, and 2) better ramen.

So, that was pretty short because I can’t think of anything else I can evaluate. I really did have a fun time and I thank you guys for that!

Sincerely,
Ada

Removing automatic quotes from the q (quote) tag

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Just a quick note, if you’re ever looking to remove the automatically generated quotes from a <q> (quote) tag, all you need to do is use a little CSS to unstyle it.

q:before,
q:after {
content: "";
}

IE doesn’t understand this, but it doesn’t automatically make the quotes anyway. For more information see this article.