Shopify is taking another step in building its developer workforce by announcing a new program that aims to encourage developers to get a foot in the door at the company.
The program, called DevOps, is part of the company’s strategy to improve its developer productivity by developing tools that allow developers to collaborate remotely and to work from home.
The new program, which will begin this fall, is aimed at helping developers who don’t have access to a traditional developer-owned company to get the most out of their development time and become more effective developers, said Rob Siegel, vice president of product management for Shopify.
Developers can apply for DevOps jobs at Shoplabs, an online marketplace for developers that has opened in San Francisco.
They’ll be evaluated for specific skills and asked to participate in workshops and other projects, as well as work remotely on development teams.
Shoplamp developers will be able to get up to six weeks of paid vacation time and a 50 percent discount on their annual membership, plus free training.
“As a developer, I need to be in my office, in my cubicle, at my desk.
I need that space to create and build products that people can use,” said Josh Bortner, who is applying for Devops.
“So the idea is, I want to take advantage of that time, and then at the end of the month I’ll get paid and I can move on.”
Bortner will be using Shoplamps DevOps course.
“I think it will help me a lot,” said Bortning, who’s also the cofounder of Shoplasts first product.
“When I was in high school, my classmates were all coding at home.
Now, they all are coding at their desks.
This will help them in their own way.”
Siegel said Shoplays DevOps will be open to any developer who wants to get involved.
“We are excited to be able and willing to work with you, and help you get more done,” he said.
Shopify currently has about 100,000 developers working in its online store, and it plans to open its developer office in San Diego next year.
Developing with the new program is not just about making sure developers get paid, Siegel said.
Developers will also be asked to get hands-on experience developing products and apps for the Shoplaws team.
“They are going to learn to build a product,” he explained.
“They’re going to see how it works and how to improve it.
They’re going a step further and they’re going into the development of that product and building that product.”
For example, a developer could learn how to develop a product for the app store.
The shop may offer a few tools to help develop the app, and the developer could test and iterate on the app as it evolves.
“That means that there is a developer out there who can build that product, and we’re going after that in the shop,” Siegel added.
“This is not some kind of free lunch.”
Shoplamps has been experimenting with new tools that developers can use to help them create better products.
For example, developers can add a new feature or a bug fix to an existing app without having to leave their own app.
But they can’t add new features and bugs at the same time.
Instead, Shoplums developers can create an app that includes the feature or bug fix, then upload the app to the shop and create an invite for the user to use it.
For instance, if a developer wants to make a new game or feature, they could create an in-app item that allows users to purchase the game or add new content.
The Shoplast team will work with developers to make sure their apps are ready to go and to make them available to users, Siegler said.
“And we’re not just going to let them go, we’re also going to work to get them back up and running.”
Seller, who has been working as a developer for Shoploses developer team for about three years, said the new DevOps program could be a boon to other developers.
“There are lots of people in our office who have been there for a long time,” he added.