Programmer for email marketing service

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Experience Level: Entry
Primary skill: Web Programming
Secondary skills: Perl, PHP, PostgreSQL, MySQL, CSS
Type of website: Others - Database / Ecommerce Type
Additional skills required: Experience with qmail or exim helpful.


I am looking to hire a web programmer to build a web-based email marketing service using either perl or php and mysql or postgres and CSS. Qmail or a similar mailer is an important tool in this project, so familiarity helps here.

This will likely be 4 - 5 months of development work, followed by ongoing maintenance. The market opportunity is that firms like Constant Contact and iContact are priced too high for what most small businesses, non-profits, and churches need, partly due to feature creep. We will introduce a smaller, core set of features and crush their price point by an order of magnitude.

In your response, please highlight what makes you stand out, in your opinion. Use examples and links. I'm done programming myself so I look for that which is distinctive.

Employer questions:
(1) What projects do you consider your most impressive work (please send links)? Why?
(2) In Perl or PHP, what areas do you look to first to improve the speed of script execution? That is, where do you find most of your low hanging fruit?

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