the "no good Perl jobs"/"no good Perl programmers" myth
ziggy at panix.com
Mon Aug 7 15:54:50 BST 2006
On Mon, Aug 07, 2006 at 03:15:02PM +0100, Nicholas Clark wrote:
> How does one assess Perl ability correctly, reliably and with minimal
> risk (as perceived by the management)? I don't have a good answer to
First two questions:
1) What does this piece of code do?
2) Tell me something wrong with it.
(repeat as necessary, with increasing difficulty)
When I was programming in C for a living, "Write strcpy()" weeded
out 90+% of the applicants that made it through the resume screening.
The second question was "Write strstr()". Boyer-Moore was *not* a
It's *not* hard finding out if an applicant is unqualified, or a bad
match. It *is* hard finding the above average ones. I don't know why
anyone expects to find an above average hire every 2-3 candidates.
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