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Leauki
Dublin, Ireland
Unhappy Desert Penguin
Interests: History, Linguistics, Semitic Studies, Programming, Comics, Strategy Games, Wii
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"I DO NOT WRITE CODE ON INTERVIEWS!" Just write bad code. What's the problem? If all they want to see is whether you can program at all, doing a bad string reversal should be sufficient to differentiate from those who can't even do that. While I tend (and want) to believe that application development is not computer science, I also think that some basic knowledge of computer science concepts are required, even if we always work with APIs rather than our own algorithms. For the interview purpose I would assume that a string reversal that works on ASCII only is sufficient to show that I have an idea of what's going on. Framework-provided methods work on unicode as well. Excellent, that's why we use them.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
Dunning-Kruger effect That explains why incompetent people are less likely to realise their incompetence, but it doesn't explain why people who studied programming to some extend find themselves unable to write simple programs. As I said before I am not the most competent programmer, but I can write simple programs like the ones linked to in the article and I also program simple things at home just for the heck of it (I have a Haskell program to calculate which pizza is cheapest etc.). Perhaps the problem is that programming courses tend to teach APIs rather than basic programming?
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
That article makes me feel good. As an incompetent programmer myself (I am a build engineer and good enough at that), I find it reassuring to learn that the vast majority of wannabe programmers fail at tasks that even I find easy. (Regarding the FizzBuzz problem, I think the problem is even easier because the two words are meant to appear in the same line.) Looks like I could learn more but I do find myself in a decent starting position.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror