Home Actions, based in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, USA, but with widely distributed staff, provides real estate agents assorted tools to manage and increase their business, primarily a system to manage newsletter subscribers, content, layout, etc.
I worked for Home Actions, 100% remotely, for about two weeks in 2013. The short length was due to being about to start a much longer-term full-time contract for another client. They alotted me 60 hours to accomplish the initial goal, but I did that so quickly, they gave me more work to do.
The initial goal was to enable their system to retrieve their clients' contacts from assorted cloud-based email providers. I did this for GMail and Yahoo! by using the OmniContacts gem, including extending it to retrieve street addresses (and submitting the patches upstream like a good Open Source netizen). I did it for AOL and Hotmail via .csv upload.
In addition, I made the importation happen in the background (so that the user wouldn't have to wait), fixed several bugs, refactored the code to make it easier to add further email providers, and gave them advice on how to use TDD (test-driven development) to prevent bugs and BDD (Behavior Driven Development) to make sure the software does what it's supposed to do.
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