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Software Engineering Job Openings at Transactis

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I posted the announcement that we’re hiring previously on my blog, but I heard from some people they wanted more details on the positions to be filled, so here it is.

At Transactis, we are looking for enthusiastic software developers who are constantly improving their coding skills, efficiency and technical knowledge, and who love to write and reuse beautiful, high-quality code. Our software is critical for our line of business, so it must be high quality and high performance.

We have immediate openings for software engineers at our Dallas/Fort Worth Texas office. We have a small development team and plan to keep it that way, so the opportunities for personal growth, fresh challenges, and better approaches abound. Transactis offers competitive salaries, bonuses, and a complete benefits program. Furthermore, our software engineers work with the best tools money can buy.

Responsibilities for software engineering positions include: developing new application software, framework and business components ; learning and using new techniques, technologies, and tools; writing unit tests and test suites; designing and developing new product features; and maintenance, bug fixing, and performance improvement of existing software.

If you’re someone others go to for advice on the best way to solve a technical problem, or the person who shares the latest best practices with your colleagues, or can’t wait to tell your friends or significant other about the latest cool thing you wrote even when they won’t really understand it, you could be a good candidate for this position.

A qualified candidate must:

  • Be eligible to work in the United States
  • Be able to relocate, or already live in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area
  • Be very motivated to resolve product issues quickly and reliably
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Enjoy being a member of a software development team
  • Thrive on technical challenges and take pride in finding elegant, sustainable solutions
  • Constantly be thinking of ways to improve our productivity, reliability, and code base
  • Have at least 4 years experience developing with the Microsoft .NET framework, ASP.NET Webforms and/or ASP.NET MVC
  • Be familiar with OOD principles and Test-Driven Development
  • Enjoy writing and using unit tests to validate development releases
  • Have at least 4 year’s experience building C# components
  • Have at least 3 year’s experience developing with LINQ, and an ORM/OPF solution such as Entity Framework, NHibernate, XPO, or OpenAccess
  • Have at least 3 year’s experience with Microsoft SQL Server or scalable database design
  • Have at least 3 year’s experience with WCF, SOAP, and/or REST services development
  • Have a thorough knowledge of agile methodologies
  • Have at least 1 year’s development experience with a Javascript library such as jQuery, Prototype, or ExtJS
  • As an added bonus, have familiarity with financial services such as electronic remittance and bill payment
  • As an added bonus, have familiarity with Delphi
  • Rather flip burgers than code in Visual Basic

I have also posted this job announcement to Careers on Stack Exchange.

Update: a more informative version of the ad is now available on LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, and Dice, too.


Written by John Kaster

January 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

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What’s your giving IQ?

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My company, Transactis, just launched a new service called GivingIQ. It’s a great way for non-profits to raise money. I’m going to tell the director of SPIN, my favorite local non-profit, about it so they can get signed up for it. Be sure to spread the word to your favorite non-profits!

Written by John Kaster

January 19, 2011 at 6:16 am

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New support forms

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The Embarcadero support site has some new support forms. You can see a link to them on the support home page.


The new support form interface will display a different form based on what you select in its drop down.


If you are already logged in to any EDN service via EDN member services, your personal contact information will be automatically filled in so you can focus on the reason you’re contacting support, rather than on data entry of information you have already provided Embarcadero.

After submitting your support case, you will receive an automated email response confirming the receipt of your case.

Support for Japanese customers with the new support forms should be available in a month or two.

Written by John Kaster

December 22, 2010 at 5:57 am

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EDN Tip #2: Finding video and audio files on EDN

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A question from Alf Christophersen in the EDN website discussion forum regarding some of our older video files suggested the topic for this EDN tip.

With the switch from Borland, to CodeGear, to Embarcadero domains, and the retirement of, some of the urls you’ll still run across from search engines no longer work. Furthermore, specific references to playback files on, or won’t work either. Solutions for both these issues are listed in this tip.

Multimedia listings on EDN

We have special site areas on EDN to find our multimedia files. You can select the type of content you want to see by selecting,, or (for both audio and video) as your primary filter. Once you’ve selected the kind of media file you want, you can “drill down” into a special interest area, such as for presentations on Delphi database topics.

Updating playback file links on EDN

Links on the articles for the media you want to watch or listen to may be out of date as well, since we’ve retained all our content since launching the community site in 1999. For playback links containing,, or, you can use instead and they should all work.

If you find a playback link that doesn’t work when modified to use, let me know and I’ll see if I can locate an alternative source for it. I’d also like to clean up any content that can’t have its links fixed, so don’t be shy when telling us about broken playback links. 🙂

Channel E, the new Embarcadero media site

You can also look at, which is a new site explicitly for Embarcadero media. Some of the media files from EDN have already been migrated there.

I hope this tip helps you find the many valuable media resources available on EDN that will help you use our products.

Written by John Kaster

June 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm

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