Python Language Specialist - Build Engineer at Activestate

May 01, 2020

Job Description

ActiveState Platform - made by developers for developers! We are reinventing build engineering with an on-demand SaaS Platform and CLI tool that lets developers automate the building of any runtime environment using any open source language ecosystem on any platform. In Beta right now, we support Python and Perl and we're hiring to add more languages and packages! We’re building an ambitious language distribution platform so that no engineer ever has to suffer dependency hell again, and we need your help maintaining Python 2 past its End of Life!

What You’ll Be Doing

You are a Python specialist with deep knowledge of Python internals including the C core. You will help maintain Python 2 now that the Python community has officially planned to end support for it. Work will include addressing security issues when identified, back porting applicable patches to the Python interpreter from Python 3 to 2 when possible.

Our day to day work practices are centered around GitHub, pull requests, code review, CI for testing, and agile development with Pivotal Tracker as our project management tool. We’re always looking to improve our practices and we expect you to help us to do so.

We like to use open source software whenever possible, and we also like to contribute back to the open source ecosystem. We embrace open sourcing both libraries and tools developed in-house as long as those are not mission-critical code.

Restrictions - Telecommuting is OK - Agencies are OK


Deep understanding of the Python 2 codebase Excellent written and spoken skills, both technical and non-technical. You’ll need to work closely with your developer teammates, as well as be able to have coherent conversations with people from QA, sales, marketing, and other parts of the company. A willingness to engage in the process of defining our work through conversations with product management, other engineering teams, and the rest of the company. Assets

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About the Company

ActiveState has a collaborative, respectful, and professional culture. We’re all about working together to find the best solutions, and making sure that the experience of doing so is positive for everyone involved.

Our company is a team of 50+ and growing, with 2/3rds of the positions in technical roles including software development and QA. We maintain a set of core, overlapping hours, but we’re flexible with specific start and end times and are understanding about appointments and life events.

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