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Software Development


2015-03-23 12:24


About the role:

Lonely Planet currently has developers around the world and we're looking for more Ruby folks to join a distributed team working roughly in US time zones. Experience working on web APIs is a bonus but not mandatory.

The Lonely Planet Online team is responsible for delivering lonelyplanet.com and all the underlying technology, a place that inspires, connects, and helps travellers. We are challenged with bringing over 40 years of authored travel content to life on the web in a way that is engaging for our community and relevant for individual travellers.

We’re passionate about our products and the evolving technologies we use to build them. We want engineers that want to build stuff quickly, probably break things along the way and fix it even faster. We use lean principles. We value rapid deployment, metrics driven engineering, and experimentation.

We love open source development and encourage developers to open source their work or contribute to open source projects. Do you contribute to an open source project or write a blog? Let us know. We’re interested in what you’re excited about. Here’s what we’ve been up to:


  • love and have mastered Ruby (and hopefully some other languages too)
  • bore friends by talking about test-driven development and automated testing frameworks (we use minitest, RSpec, Cucumber and Selenium)
  • always use CI and continuous deployment (we use Jenkins)
  • are unable to live without source code management (we use Git and GitHub)
  • need to understand technology problems as part of a broader product vision
  • respect Ron Swanson (OK, this one isn’t really a requirement)
  • have passion for travel and interest in building systems that connect travellers with content and each other.

Our Technology:

We’re big believers in ‘right tool for the right job’ and encourage engineers to try new technology. But just to give you a taste, this is some of the technology we’re currently big fans of:

  • Ruby and Ruby on Rails
  • Sass, Haml, CoffeeScript
  • iOS and Android
  • AWS, Chef
  • Ubuntu, PostgreSQL

We challenge engineers to be involved in the product, not just the code. In weekly planning sessions, engineers bring product and technology ideas and work together with stakeholders to set priorities and goals for the week.

At Lonely Planet we:

  • support a healthy work-life balance
  • provide flexible working arrangements
  • work as a unified team across Design, Development, Product, Operations and other broader groups of very talented people
  • are pretty relaxed about most things (every now and then someone even swears, you have been duly warned)
  • don’t really care what you wear (so long as you are clothed)
  • are obsessed with table tennis (not all of us).

Across LP we’re working with large amounts of content from our amazing authors and a growing number of other sources so we can continue to deliver rich, up to date content to travellers through a variety of products and platforms.

Lonely Planet has always been at the forefront of travel in the digital world launching lonelyplanet.com in 1995 and travel guides for Palm Pilot in 1999 and iOS apps a decade later. That passion continues today with teams in London and Nashville continually innovating and improving the experience for travellers visiting our website. We’re entering an exciting new era of Lonely Planet on mobile, being led from our Nashville office.

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