Perl Skills Test

Egor Shipovalov kogdaugodno at
Mon Sep 26 09:44:55 BST 2011

Could you share the name of the company which gave you this pair
programming test? It should be a good place to work.

Best regards,
Egor Shipovalov.

On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 9:18 AM, Peter Edwards <peter at> wrote:
> On 22 September 2011 22:13, Piers Cawley <pdcawley at> wrote:
>> > On 22 September 2011 14:14, Dave Cross <dave at> wrote:
>> > At an interview with Auntie a few years ago, they gave me a Perl script
>> and asked me to highlight all the problems/errors in it. Not sure if they
>> were flattering me, but I found quite a few they didn't seem to be aware
>> of......
>> I've been on the other side of that interview. I was astonished by how bad
>> the script was.
> I remember that, the Future Media Perl test. And a related database design
> test based on some shockingly poor Access DB schema.
> The idea was they would give you 30 minutes to scribbling down increasingly
> irate comments on your bit of paper on each.
> I think, though I could be wrong, that when they asked you to comment on the
> code and design they had a concealed sound level meter under the table and
> would give you a score based on how loud you ranted...
> :->
> More recently I did a good test which was basically a pair programming
> exercise where you are given a spec, some partial code, and a unit test you
> could run but not inspect.
> Then using your editor of choice go and make the code pass the test and
> discuss with the technical director your thought processes and why and what
> you are doing.
> That seems to me a very reliable way of working out whether someone can
> deliver the goods. And also whether they can work in a team.
> Regards, Peter

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