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A CV for a demo coder

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make a 4k out of your CV. that would impress!
I would add an "awards"-section. 1st and 2nd prizes and scene.org awards. Stuff like this. You should have quite a list by now :-)
added on the 2014-06-13 21:49:58 by pixtur pixtur
I knew this was the right place to ask. ;)

An online portfolio is a really good idea (and a lot of work when building it from scratch, but that in itself shows dedication, I guess). The tricky part is where to place the cut between the CV and the portfolio. The information on the CV has to be interesting enough to make people click the link, but at the same time not so comprehensive that they skip it when skimming quickly through.

One piece of information that should probably be there is a short description of what the demoscene is. Currently I have "real-time audiovisual computer art subculture" plus a link to Wikipedia. Maybe I should put "competitive" in there somewhere. And perhaps "collaborative" as well. Somehow.

I have heard more than one person say that your GitHub profile (or, as in my case, Bitbucket - same same) is more important than your CV. Provided of course that you have something to show there. I only have some of my most recent stuff up, but that could change of course...
added on the 2014-06-13 22:46:01 by Blueberry Blueberry
an online portfolio isn't that much work if you e.g. use wordpress and the youtube channel gallery extension.
or alternatively, you can do it with fancybox. e.g. kurli did that here: http://kurli.pp.fi/
That's right, just making a list doesn't take much time. But I would like to write some words about the ideas and technology behind each production. Most of my productions are based on some technical idea, and I think it is important to communicate that thought process.

If I just wanted to convince people that I can do extreme size-limited coding, low-level rendering and some audiovisual design, the demos would more or less speak for themselves. But that is not necessarily the case.
added on the 2014-06-14 08:05:12 by Blueberry Blueberry
Does a Github profile prove anything apart from a metric of how much time do you spend on non-work projects?
added on the 2014-06-14 13:13:12 by Gargaj Gargaj
It COULD prove that you code does not suck...
added on the 2014-06-14 13:41:36 by raer raer
What job are you applying for that doesn't have the hiring force to recognize your talent? Are you looking at the right position? :P
The github profile is indeed quite effective. I would personally say that its point is not to provide a good token of proof of how much of a nerd you really are but rather:

- how complex your pet projects are;
- what your personal area of interest is;
- how your coding skills are doing.

I do see a certain set of risks with the last bullet, but it's up to personal judgment of everyone to evaluate whether potential benefits can outweigh the risks.

(said someone whose idea of migrating existing repo contents from xpdev to github has on been on his to-do list for ages ;-) )
added on the 2014-06-14 15:10:16 by kbi kbi
Sorry for reviving an old thread, but I want to thank the people who contributed ideas to the discussion. Though I never got around to creating a portfolio as such, this and the other ideas have been a good inspiration when I was thinking about how to present myself.

I ended up doing a combination of things (on my LinkedIn profile, which serves as my CV):
- A brief description of the demoscene in the introduction, mentioning some key activities, along with a link to my Pouet portfolio (not that I expect people to really comprehend the whole thing, but the size of the list and maybe a bit of clicking around can perhaps serve to illustrate the scope and variety of the projects)
- Listed a handful of projects, mainly demotools, with links to repositories as appropriate
- I wanted to make my GitHub profile nice and shiny, with lots of things there, but didn't get around to it before I suddenly found myself being interviewed. Slowly getting there now...

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I have now accepted a very nice job at the local Google office. Thank you again for all your help! :-D
added on the 2017-01-27 17:38:30 by Blueberry Blueberry
Good stuff. :)
Congratulations on the new job!
Will Google fit into the 256 byte cache??
added on the 2017-01-27 18:32:24 by Emod Emod
My dearest congratulations! Google is a good place to work at...
added on the 2017-01-27 19:27:22 by Adok Adok
Blueberry: Congratulations! Now you just need to update your LinkedIn profile ;)
added on the 2017-01-27 19:41:19 by cxw cxw
congratulations!
and thank for Rose. and for your demos.
added on the 2017-01-27 19:42:59 by VBI VBI
Blueberry: you can also mention the number of pouet threads you won
added on the 2017-01-27 22:14:31 by keops keops
Quote:
Will Google fit into the 256 byte cache??

Actually, Google's new logo fits in just 146 bytes (gzip'ed svg).
added on the 2017-01-27 22:45:33 by Blueberry Blueberry
Meanwhile in Google headquarters...

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Now we need a demoscener working for Tesla/SpaceX though ;P
added on the 2017-01-28 00:04:35 by tomkh tomkh
Blueberry: Gratz on your new job! :)

Now tell your new Bosses they suck!
Why?
Because i have a Game DONE for 2 months now but can´t release it because i need access to the Google Android Developer Console first, which needs me to pay 25$ (lifetime fee)...
...sounds quite doable i hear you say...
...yes, but it can only be paid via credit card, which noone uses or even possesses here in Germany!
I tried to get a free card at several banks now, they all rejected me (i have some open debt with a bank from 1998 which i refuse to pay since i didn´t cause it, long story...)
...i asked everyone i know around locally, noone has a CC!

Please ask your Bosses why the funk i can´t just paypal it or even make a standard bank transfer!
Stupid Bullshit all of this!

Sorry, i am really angry about this shit by now! ;) The game could be yielding money for 2 months already...if this stupid hurdle wouldn´t exist!

I have a last chance now which is asking my own bank for a credit card, which will cost me 30€ a year....just to pay a one-time fee of 25$. I won´t use the card for anything else ever afterwards! This is so stupid and it simply sucks! :(

Or i just throw away all of my work of 3-4 months and start a new Game to be released somewhere else and completely forget about any Android-release for the rest of my life! Sounds like this is what i need to do! Thanks for stealing my time, Google! :(
"no one uses a credit card in Germany"

that sounds incredibly strange. Why wouldn't people have credit cards there? Most people I know have them in Finland.
added on the 2017-01-31 14:52:44 by visy visy
Debit cards are way more common on Germany.
"Wow, I'm sure this causes issues for all wanna-be Android developers in Germany."
@hardy: Use a prepaid credit card like wirecard, you can get them at pretty much any gas station. I paid my google dev account with one as I had it lying around and didn't want that remaining money to expire, note however that certain services that do continuous withdrawal do not accept them(e.g. AWS).
added on the 2017-01-31 17:06:48 by LJ LJ
I'm sure blueberry exactly works in the department you need and is going to take care of all your credit card issues.

Fucking hell what a pile of verbal diarrhea.

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