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· Teens
· · 2017
· · · March
· · · · 04 (1 entry)

Whiteboard Interviews · The oth­er day, I joined a semi-viral tweet chain with I’ve been cod­ing since 1979 and I still have to look up java.lang.String meth­ods all the time. There were a bunch of pro­gram­mers do­ing this and I thought it con­sti­tut­ed amus­ing hu­mil­i­ty while al­so mak­ing a use­ful point: Re­mem­ber­ing the de­tails of any par­tic­u­lar API or al­go­rithm is ir­rel­e­van­t. Turns out I was part of a trend, see TheOut­line: Pro­gram­mers Are Con­fess­ing Their Cod­ing Sins to Protest a Bro­ken Job In­ter­view Pro­cess. Ex­cept for, that’s bull­shit; I still do white­boards at in­ter­views, and I don’t think the idea is bro­ken. (Al­so, they’re not sin­s.) ...
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