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I'm looking for simple models with concise, concrete problem descriptions and greater than 50% chance that a particular answer provides a particular insight into one of a number of skills, to be given to prospective candidates for hire for a software engineering position. The coffee maker problem, for example, does not lend itself to a quick, in-office test taking scenario. Variations of shape, appliance, vehicle, coin or Lego™ management systems would probably be good.

Desired skills are primarily understanding of:

  1. When to use inheritance vs. composition
  2. When to use members for state vs. parameters or locals
  3. Importance of utilizing business domain terminology
  4. When to abstract out patterns vs. reducing complexity
  5. How to model responsibility vs. convenience
  6. When to use control inversion
  7. When to use an association class

My focus is on static structure.

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I can't come up with an non-trivial example on the top of my head but something along the lines of extending a third-party library to be used in your own domain logic concurrently should hit most of those points.

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Yes, I believe they would. The problem though, lies in: a) using domains that anyone could understand cold, and b) trimming them down to problems that have more crisply wrong/right possible answers –  Dynrepsys May 31 '11 at 19:51

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