Brainbench perl test?

Mr I cub4ucme at
Tue Sep 4 14:26:55 BST 2012

I agree with you.
It is not to much to expect a question / answer like (2). Hopefully you'd
reward such an answer with more than 'maintenance' work :)

On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM, Roger Burton West <roger at>wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 04, 2012 at 01:26:46PM +0100, Mr I wrote:
> >Again your assumptions are on knowing about the fibonacci sequence. So a
> >candidate that does not know the fibonacci sequence but identifies a
> >possible flaw in the question can only be a maintenance programmer?
> The question contains a specification of a function which, while
> technically complete, raises some questions. Someone who doesn't ask
> those questions isn't much use if he's going to be doing anything for
> himself rather than just executing someone else's instructions.
> If this is a non-interactive test, I want annotations on the code, and
> either of these broad classes would do:
> (1) "I'm assuming from the name that this is a Fibonnaci sequence
> generator, and therefore fib(0)=1 and fib(1)=1."
> (2) "This recursion will never terminate, so I'm assuming that fib(0)=0
> in order that it produce a result."
> Note that the latter requires no knowledge of anything except
> programming. If you're going to claim programmers don't need to know how
> to spot a non-terminating recursion, I'm afraid I'm not going to agree.


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