Linden Lab’s new vice-president of engineering has announced himself today. Jeff Petersen (AKA Bagman Linden) has a background at Sony Online Entertainment, Harmless Games, SilverPlatter, and Virgin Interactive Entertainment and has worked on such titles as Everquest, Everquest II, Star Wars Galaxies, Planetside, Untold Legends PS3, Field Commander PSP, FreeRealms, and CloneWars Adventures and Subspace.

It will certainly be interesting to see what Petersen makes of the Second Life codebase, which has become very organic.

‘Organic’, in software terms, describes a codebase that has been subject to considerable patching and feature additions (and small-scope refactoring) without overarching redesign for so long that it has itself become increasingly intractable, as the code for the recent basic-mode beta amply demonstrates.

Linden Lab is still advertising these job openings for the engineering division: Engineering Manager, Senior QA Engineer, Software Automation Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Salesforce.com Integration Engineer, Internal Tools Engineer, and Software Engineering Technology Lead.

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