Meeting 13 – February 19, 2008

Meeting 13 – February 19, 2008

Topics & Speakers:

  • Secrets of a Hiring Manager by Darren Spurgeon (
  • Jython by Roy Matthew (BayView Financial)

Presentations abstract:

Secrets of a Hiring Manager:

In the IT industry, the interview is everything. Employers are looking for people who’ve done everything, can communicate with all levels of business, and demonstrate they can get the job done quickly. Candidates: this will prepare you for the hot seat. Managers: learn how to conduct a thoughtful and fair technical interview. Recruiters: we’ll show you how to separate the haves from the have nots.


Jython is an implementation of the high-level, dynamic, object-oriented language Python seamlessly integrated with the Java platform.

Speakers Bio:

Darren Spurgeon
Darren Spurgeon is Director of Technology at Boca Java, South Florida’s premier gourmet coffee company. Darren has interviewed hundreds of candidates over the years for many technology positions and knows how hard it is to build a great team. His interests include Java, Java, and Java, though not necessarily in that order.

Roy Matthew
Roy Mathew is a Development Manager for the Flagship project at Bayview Financial – a Commercial Mortgage Lending and Services Company in South Florida. Roy has worked on several different technologies, and had developed on the Java platform for several years. He has now shifted his focus to dynamically typed languages and agile methodologies. He likes languages that have a high degree of expressiveness (eg: Jython), and frameworks technologies (like Zope) that provide higher level abstractions that help solve the domain problem.

Venue: Carnival Cruise Lines, 3655 NW 87th Ave, Doral, FL 33178

Sponsors: Sherlock Technology



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