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(IT World)   Google engineers: smarter than 5th graders, not smarter than Vietnamese 11th graders   (itworld.com ) divider line
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2013-03-27 12:48:40 PM  
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"Consider the following programming test: this data file defines a maze with diagonal walls made up of sections with a length the square root of 2. In 45 minutes, design and implement a solution in Pascal to count the number of enclosed areas and the area of the largest enclosed space. "

Why would you ever ask anyone to do this? I don't care that you can solve some abstract math problem. Big freaking deal. How about you solve a real world issue we see in the industry every day?
2013-03-27 11:35:20 AM  
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UberDave: serial_crusher: That is one of the worst interview questions ever.
I'm glad companies like Google have refined the art of hiring people who are adept at going to glassdoor.com and memorizing all the interview questions anybody has posted, and their optimal solutions.

That's what I'm saying.  But it's Google so they can be forgiven for it.  Those who can't be forgiven are the droves of companies and small businesses who *think* they are Google.  The problem with a lot of IT folks is they think what they do is awesome, edgy, and is difficult to do.  Bullshiat.  Most programming jobs out there are data handling - be it presenting data or moving it from point A to point B.  There's always a myriad of ways to organize the business logic and a myriad of ways to code it.  Someone who does that doesn't need to know how to code a bubble sort from scratch in 30 minutes or know the textbook definition of a clustered index.  If they have the drive and determination to learn the business well and code a solution that's relatively easy to maintain and works well, then that is awesome.  I couldn't care less if they were ripping their code off of stackoverflow.



It's a big problem in my experience that the vocational component of being a software developer is almost completely ignored in schooling.  I meet so many college grads who had a java class in year one and a database class in year 3, but never learned how to build a solution through the stack.  The information is too fragmented and they don't get enough practice.
2013-03-27 09:44:30 AM  
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UberDave: Rockstone: Pascal? Pfft.
Do it in C.

Could have done it in both when in college.  Now...not so much.

And have those Vietnamese kids add the most basic but accurate documentation to their code...*that's* a real challenge for them.


Same here, maybe.  Though, as an engineer, our basic programming class was well under that level.  Impressive stuff.

Now, if we could only get kids in the US off of facebook.
2013-03-27 09:41:47 AM  
1 vote:
I hate to say it, but the last thing this world needs is a bunch of people who lack the aptitude to be pushed into programming because it's the "hot new thing".
You've either got it, or you don't. If you've got it, you know it. If you don't got it, don't try to get it.

/Excuse me while I go fix the monumental fark-up caused by a self-proclaimed "programming genius"
2013-03-27 09:39:19 AM  
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Rockstone: Pascal? Pfft.
Do it in C.


Could have done it in both when in college.  Now...not so much.

And have those Vietnamese kids add the most basic but accurate documentation to their code...*that's* a real challenge for them.
 
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