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VarunKumar Mallisetty wrote: I'm stunned to see that candidates are not able to write a program to find if a given number is prime or not. Well, what kind of software is your team writing? If it's mathematically based, or in a laboratory, then fine; they need a solid math background. If your team is writing a payroll application or an ERP system, you are asking the wrong questions and potentially losing out on good developers. I've been writing lots of software for years as an in-house developer, and I couldn't write nor care less about a program that tells if a given number is prime. It doesn't apply to a huge segment of software developers.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
(Still can't edit comments, even with this new log-in scheme???) The above sentence should have read: Granted, some lines of software development, such as embedded systems and driver development would need such skills.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
Asking about FizzBuzz in a job interview is all fine and dandy, but when you get hired and get asked to write an application that allows the Customer Service department to enter contract information into a database with customer data from one of the many databases in the corporation, and you will have to design the database, write stored procedures, and created a Forms or web application front end in .NET, then FizzBuzz and simultated linked lists aren't going to be of much help. I think the problem is with the interviewers and their questions more than the applicants "book knowledge". Granted, some lines of software development, such as embedded systems and driver development. As such, perhaps the type of job interview should be clarified in these articles. I wouldn't care a damn if a developer couldn't write code for a linked list if (s)he is going to be doing .NET business software.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
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