United Kingdom –November 28 , 2012 — A solitary developer has created a unique real-time collaboration engine for one of the biggest and fastest job sites in the UK on free open source database MongoDB.
Job Basket’s fully mobile solution, called GuideCast, will be run in partnership with universities and colleges to help job seekers access a wide range of live webinars, chats and presentations.
The tool will be free to all users as it was created with an open source philosophy, inspired by companies like 10gen, the MongoDB company.
“Imagine a hybrid of a forum and a real time chat app, that’s not spammy,” explained Alex McAuley, co-owner of Job Basket and the developer behind GuideCast.
“The universities and job centres absolutely adore the idea as do the career advisors and recruitment consultants. And we’re offering it for free. We think it’s going to be a great way to help job seekers engage potential employers and attract them to the site.”
Having recently rebranded from being The UK Jobsite, Job Basket was created in 2010 and now gets more than 250,000 monthly unique users and the site’s infrastructure is developed almost entirely on MongoDB.
The efficiency of the database has lead to Job Basket being arguably the fastest job site in the UK and research from Google has shown time and again how important a site’s speed can be to its success.
As part of a push on IT skills 10gen, the MongoDB company, announced free online training so thousands more developers can have access to the skills that helped Alex create GuideCast.
“This is a perfect example of what happens when a creative and talented person has access to powerful open source tool,” said Joe Morrissey, vice president EMEA at 10gen.
“At a time when millions of Britons can’t find employment, we know that companies struggle to find fully skilled developers to create tools like Alex has made here. It’s something we’re hoping to help address with our free online courses.”
For Alex McAuley, the open source philosophy behind 10gen, the MongoDB company, was key to why he wanted to use the platform and also why he wanted to offer GuideCast free to users.
“This is my take on open source. It’s something I’ve developed on free open source software and I want to give that back and pass on the open source philosophy to the job market,” added McAuley.
“We could not have created this in SQL without a humongous server, that’s why MongoDB was perfect. I’m a speed freak, I like things to be fast and I really don’t like inefficient code.
“I want to create applications for the masses, I want them to be able to scale, I want to build an app that can easily deal with 10,000 queries a second without spending thousands of pounds on servers and MongoDB lets me do just that.”
10gen (the MongoDB company) leads MongoDB kernel development, builds community, and provides commercial services for MongoDB. MongoDB is an open source document-oriented database helping tens of thousands of companies quickly and easily deliver, scale, and operate applications. Founded by DoubleClick’s Dwight Merriman and Eliot Horowitz and led by seasoned technologists, 10gen is funded by Flybridge Capital Partners, NEA, Sequoia Capital and Union Square Ventures. 10gen global customers include Disney, eBay, foursquare, Craigslist, Intuit, Shutterfly, Telefonica, UK Government Digital Services, and over 500 others. 10gen has dual headquarters in New York and Palo Alto with offices in Dublin, London, and Sydney. For more information, visit www.10gen.com.
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