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Spotlight: Josh Smith PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Monday, 01 December 2008

Question

What is your current position at the Church and what are your responsibilities?

Answer

Officially, I am an individual contributor. In practice, I’m a team member in Infrastructure’s Middleware group. Middleware responsibilities include proxy and caching solutions, ftp services, n-tier application and Web servers (multiple technology platforms), and some other stuff (that’s the technical term).

Within Middleware, I am part of the Public Facing Sites (PFS) team.  As implied, PFS’ focus is public sites and content, which include LDS.org , Newsroom , Mormon.org , and others. The team is responsible for the application environments’ availability and administration.  To that end, PFS integrates closely with partner organizations such as Dev and QA to provide useful content and products that perform effectively and are highly available.

 
LDSTech on Twitter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Friday, 01 May 2009

You can now receive updates from LDSTech by following us on Twitter.

Twitter is a free service that allows users to send and receive short updates.

We will be using Twitter to inform you about featured articles, opportunities to help with Church projects, hot topics in the LDSTech forum, and job positions.

Read Tom Johnson’s article about Twitter and LDS General Conference for more information about how members of the Church use Twitter to communicate.

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Improving Member Communications Online PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 22 May 2015

With the Church’s recent statements on ways digital media can be used to spread gospel messages online, and encouragement for members to use the Internet to flood the earth with truth and righteousness, many have questions about sharing beliefs without appearing to be “preachy” or “pushy.” This concern is understandable. In an era of crowded and confusing voices online, it can be difficult to tell if communications will be heard and understood.

With this in mind, the following questions will help you assess whether your online content will convey your meaning and intent:

~  Have I considered the audience’s perspective or frame of reference?

Messages intended for Church audiences often reach those outside the Church as well. When you share what you believe, select wording that is simple and straightforward. Starting with “I feel…,” “I believe…,” or “I have come to learn…” adds personal context to what follows. It leaves the door open for other opinions and questions from your readers.

 
Newsletter: November 2009

LDSTech Talk 2009 Now Available

The recording of the LDSTech Talk is now availabe. Go to the LDSTech Talk page to watch it.

Submit any feedback to the LDSTech Forum.


From the Archives

An Introduction to the Clerk Wiki
by Robert Lindsay

The job of a quality assurance engineer is to constantly be looking for ways to improve quality, including setting targets for metrics or setting criteria that must be met before we consider it a quality product.

At a recent gathering of Church quality assurance employees we discussed the idea of how truth affects the quality of our work processes and lives.

We may be really good at setting goals and envisioning the future. However, our ability to achieve those goals depends on having a true understanding of our current state of being— how we’re doing right now. This is the point: often we are not truthful with ourselves about the reality of what our current state actually is. We think (or believe) we know where we are, but in reality we may be far off.

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LDSTech Developers Conference

We are planning an LDSTech Developer Conference in Utah this spring and are considering options for the date of the conference, what topics will be covered, and more.

We need your input. Please visit the LDSTech Developer Conference poll and answer a few questions. This will help us gather information that will help us put on the best inagaural LDSTech Developers Conference.

More information is forthcoming.

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Spotlight: Jim Greene PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Thursday, 22 January 2009

Jim GreeneQuestion

What is your current position at the Church and what are your responsibilities?

Answer

I am the product manager over the FamilySearch Research Wiki and the Family History Library as well as the new FamilySearch’s interface with Membership and Statistical Records. This involves gathering user requirements, writing user stories for engineers, and prioritizing stories.

Question

What is one of the exciting projects that you are currently working on?

Answer

FamilySearch Research Wiki. We believe that by involving the worldwide community of family historians in a collaborative effort, we can create an encyclopedia of unparalleled record sources that will greatly assist the work of redeeming the dead. More people will easily find records with data about their ancestors, resulting in more saving ordinances.

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