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 12:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Sad Truth"
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Yes, you would get a big smile from me for writing such code. But still, it contains the same bug as my example and I'd ask you about that.

Sadism? No at all. By that I mean we weren't making fun of the individual, we were just laughing at the funny code he wrote. We never even care whether an applicant is normal looking or not, or whether he walks on his two feet or rolls in a wheelchair.

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RE[3]: Sad Truth
by phreck on Tue 25th Sep 2012 12:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Sad Truth"
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What would that bug be that would imply that most C++ implementations are wrong?

Here is the GNU implementation, located in bits/stl_algobase.h (an implementation detail of the head "algorithm"):

template<typename _Tp>
inline const _Tp&
max(const _Tp& __a, const _Tp& __b)
// concept requirements
//return __a < __b ? __b : __a;
if (__a < __b)
return __b;
return __a;

And it is already sadism if you laugh about the product of someone's intellect, even if you do it behind closed doors, which would imply uncandidness, and possibly a breach of confidentiality regulations. But of course that is not my problem, so I stop lamenting about that.

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RE[4]: Sad Truth
by JeeperMate on Tue 25th Sep 2012 13:01 in reply to "RE[3]: Sad Truth"
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That bug is your homework. Test the code thoroughly, and you'll find it very quickly.

Confidentiality only applies to personal information and all the documents sent to me or to the company. It doesn't apply to codes written by anyone during the interview. I haven't disclosed any bit of personal information pertaining to that guy, now have I?

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