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May
31
answered Why is no C++ interview complete if it does not have vtable questions?
May
31
comment Why is no C++ interview complete if it does not have vtable questions?
I used to know what they were... I actually used to have to muck about with COM vtables. Not sure why they'd ever be an issue with general C++ app development.
May
27
comment How do you feel about being asked to code during an interview?
Charles, you're experience is what I've been harping on for the last couple of years: despite claims to the contrary, there's good candidates by the bucketload out there.
May
27
answered How do you feel about being asked to code during an interview?
May
27
comment How do you feel about being asked to code during an interview?
How do you know he wrote it? You have him explain it to you in the interview.
May
27
comment How do you feel about being asked to code during an interview?
@Keven -- That's such an extreme that I think that's probably more indicative of the interview environment overall than their lack of ability...
May
27
comment How do you feel about being asked to code during an interview?
Bad analogy...A trucker merely has to produce his CDL license to prove he can drive... he doesn't have to take the driving test over again.
May
25
comment Does a high correlation between burning out and programming exist?
How the hell is this off-topic?
May
25
comment I no longer want to be a developer
In fact, it was during an interview with a HFT company, at around the 6 hour mark, when I decided I didn't really give a crap anymore. It was during a question on the architectural implications of two's complement and the IEEE representation of floating point numbers. I can't believe so many people waste that incredible brain power skimming pennies.
May
25
comment I no longer want to be a developer
I am also reminded of teachers I know that shaped my life, and I'm sure countless others... now they have had a real impact... Or a social worker I recently met that helps people newly afflicted with a disability... He has an impact. I look back on over a dozen years in this industry, and it does seem a bit pointless.
May
25
comment I no longer want to be a developer
Wouldn't it be nice, to build something that lasts and has meaning? I'm reminded of an old retired dude I know that is always pointing out things around the city that he has built during his time... Things like churches and schools... Then compare that to something a software engineer makes, that lasts for a couple of years typically. Even if you were one of the lucky ones that worked/work on "core" technology, such as Raymond Chen @ MS, even that code lasts at most for a decade? But I guess even those buildings will eventually come down after 50-100 years...
May
20
awarded  Nice Answer
May
20
comment Is Scala ready for prime time?
Enterprise is much more than a marketing term... It basically means the company we're buying this tool from is going to be around at least as long as we are, and has the resources to back it up. You can substitute open source organization for company above.... In the end, there's a big difference between choosing a language mainly being driven by one person, vs. a small team vs. a huge open source foundation vs. a Fortune 100 tech company.
May
20
comment Is Scala ready for prime time?
I wouldn't trust twitter's engineering decisions as being evidence for maturity & robustness.
May
19
awarded  Mortarboard
May
19
awarded  Good Answer
May
18
answered How are we supposed to deal with Customers who don't give a damn?
May
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awarded  Good Answer
May
11
comment Why should I care about micro performance and efficency?
The OP asked why so many care, and I fail to see how this response actually answered the question, unless the OP was more interested in hearing someone say "don't worry about it!".
May
11
awarded  Nice Answer