Adrian Howard adrianh at
Thu May 10 20:12:19 BST 2007

On 10 May 2007, at 16:57, Abigail wrote:

> On Thu, May 10, 2007 at 11:25:48AM +0100, Adrian Howard wrote:
>> On 10 May 2007, at 10:02, Pete Sergeant wrote:
>> [snip]
>>> Why would a Perl programmer be familiar with the concepts of
>>> 'stack' and
>>> 'heap'? You could come up with some slightly-off analogy involving
>>> scope, but stil...
>> [snip]
>> Because they're general programming concepts that anybody who's a
>> vaguely decent developer should be familiar with?
> In that case, 'heap' is a bad example, because it can mean two totally
> different things. Implementists of languages will use 'heap' if they
> talk about the are where dynamic memory is allocated. However, a  
> 'heap'
> is also a specific type of datastructure more familiar with  
> programmers.

I know. Why does that make it a bad example?

(hint - I like candidates who are bright enough to ask questions)


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