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Jasmine: IMO, when a person shows up for an interview, and they can't even code Hello World in a language they claim to know, they are a fraud, plain and simple, and they don't deserve a job flipping burgers, much less a job on a team which needs to get stuff done. We're not an educational institution, and we're not in the business of teaching programming. However, if someone came in for a job which was clearly entry-level, and they were honest and said they didn't know much programming and really wanted to learn, I might take them on and help them out... but they would need to have some skills which can benefit the company, or not expect to get paid. We don't have interns here, but we do have volunteers, and if you really want to learn something and you're starting from scratch, a volunteer position might be a good way to go. Really? They don't deserve a job flipping burgers. My god - you really are hardcore, aren't you? And how did you, oh might master of programming, get your start? See, I have real problem with people like you - they get filed under 'flaming ahole' - because ultimately, that's what people like you are. They. Don't. Deserve. A. Job. Flipping. Burgers. Man, what a piece of work.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
Pixy - You're really getting on my nerves, you know that? So you're telling me you went and 'interviewed' the last doctor that you went to, right? I don't give a crap about whether or not someone can program a stupid algorithm. I DO give a crap about whether someone can consider multiple approaches to a *PROBLEM* and tell me what they see as the pros and cons of each approach. I can hire a bit twiddler from India. What I WANT to hire is someone who a) isn't some retrograde morphodite thumb-sucking ass-backward programmer with the social skills and adaptability of a rock and b) someone who may not know all of the answers but by God knows where to go and get them. And by the way - there is no one 'right' way to write anything or code anything. If this line of work was easy, everyone would do it. There are more optimal and less optimal ways of solving problems in programming. Again, effete snobbery. I'm so glad you don't work for me. You wouldn't make it past the first five minutes of my phone screen.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
@Barney - what, exactly do you find so preposterous? That someone would steal your solution? Guess what, dude - that happened to me. I had a company *fly me down* and put me up in a fricking hotel overnight so they could get a free consultation in the form of an interview. My god, your ignorance and naivete are frightening.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
Schwartz -- You're actually incorrect. The reason manhole (personhole) covers are round is so the cover doesn't fall down the hole. That is the *correct* answer. Oh, and for the record? Ex-Microsoft, still an alum - '92 - '94. Yes, I was one of the 'chosen ones' and they did ask questions to gauge my intelligence and my perception - but they didn't ask me idiotic and stupid algorithm questions.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
And really, who gives a **** whether or not I can write a function to reverse a string? Isn't that what the g*******d API is for? Tell ya what, skippy. You pull out your portfolio of work and I'll pull out mine, then we'll play rock-paper-scissor-spock and see who wins. Someone who writes code should be able to do exactly that - pull out a damn portfolio of past projects and work - and that ought to settle the question right then and there - so let's move on to something more relevant and germane to the situation at hand, shall we, mkay? Good.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
I'm floored by the asinine and stupid comments on here from a bunch of effete snobs. I have written hugely complicated analysis systems that would put most people to shame - yet I have no frigging idea how to compute a 'fibbonaci' number. Nor do I care to. If that's what you are using for a 'screening mechanism' then you have no damn business interviewing anyone and should just crawl back to the cubicle you came from. I've both interviewed and interviewed bit twiddlers like I've seen here who have some vast sense of self-anointed superiority about their 'programming skills' who couldn't program their way out of a wet paper bag, and then ask idiotic programming questions like the ones I've seen on here. Amazing. I'm glad I don't work for the likes of any of you.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
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