Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Sep 2012 15:07 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
General Development "I've been programming professionally for about 3 years at this point, and I've noticed some interesting patterns in other programmers I've worked with. One of the key differentiators among programmers is motivation. I'm not referring to an individual's passion to simply be successful in their career, but rather the type of work they want to pursue. The thing they want to do with computers every day, the types of problems they are interested in solving."
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RE[2]: Sad Truth
by JeeperMate on Tue 25th Sep 2012 11:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Sad Truth"
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Question no. 1:
Really? we encounter ternary operator on a day-to-day basis. It's very common here. That snippet in my original post is just an example, for the sake of brevity.

Question No. 3:
This is already answered in one of my earlier replies. To put it another way, my question to the applicant was essentially "could you write an example of abs() implementation for me?".

As for No. 4:
Very few people forget such basic operation. Most fresh (or semi-fresh) grads still remember. And it's not a matter of optimization whatsoever. Again, that's just an example. It doesn't mean I would frown at solutions different from mine. I just don't like bad solutions.

Even the solution I wrote in my original post has a bug, which I would've asked about, if he would've come up with something similar. But this follow-up question is only meant to test his mastery, which is not compulsory for the position he was being interviewed for.

Question No. 5:
Given such solution, I would ask the applicant about overflows, but again, this is a test of mastery and is not compulsory for the position in question, but a test that must be performed nonetheless.

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