Codenamed Blue – New MSN Content Platform

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 November 2010 10:56 Written by Mire_B Sunday, 28 November 2010 10:56

I really can’t put my finger on it, but I heard of codename Blue before, just don’t know when or where. I guess it doesn’t really matter, since I love Microsoft codenames so much:P.

Software Development Engineer II

Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: United States, WA, Bellevue
Job ID: 731322 28048
Division: Online Services Division

The MSN Core Platform team is building a new Content Platform, codenamed Blue, to meet MSN’s long term content management needs. A key piece of this platform is the Entity Store: high-volume, high-performance and high-availability distributed data storage for all MSN content.

We are looking for a talented developer who can help us bootstrap this large V1 product, influence key decisions that will shape the future direction we take, and tackle some challenging technical problems. The available opportunities are plentiful and rewarding. They range across a wide spectrum of technologies and a variety of depth and scope (i.e. Sql Server, .Net WCF, distributed algorithms, multithreading, Autopilot, etc.)

Job Essentials

Ideal candidate will have the following:

Top notch programming and design skills

Commitment to sound engineering best practices

Solid analytical problem solving skills

Natural ability to take initiative and drive

Excellent collaboration and communication skills, both verbal and written

Basic Qualifications:

5+ years of development experience with the following technolgoies: .Net and C#

3+ years of xxperience with database design and developent

Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in Computer Science (or equivalent technology degree)

The MSN Core Platform provides content-management, site/channel management, editorial tools, content-rendering, caching, indexing, and other crucial technologies it takes to ensure that fresh, engaging content graces the pages of MSN. Our charter involves us in everything from scalable storage, structured- and full-text indexing, information-extraction, classifiers, tagging, social-network integration, search-engine optimization, and more. Our engineering challenges touch on geo-distributed systems, side-by-side deployment, improving mean-time-to-recovery, providing business-continuity, pluggable workflows and tools, etc. We are the world’s largest portal, orchestrating $250M of content, running over 700 sites in a dozen countries, and thus there is no end to the technologies you can work with and the ways you can grow. Millions will see your work every time they start up Internet Explorer!