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Re: Algorithm questions...

by ivory (Pilgrim)
on Nov 17, 2000 at 03:34 UTC ( #42117=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Algorithm questions...

From what I've seen, reversing strings, etc. is one of the most popular algorithmic questions in tech interviews. In fact, a few years ago when I was getting advice from more seasoned programmers regarding my very first tech interview, each one said that I should review how to reverse strings (or particular words in a string).

The problem I have with it is, there are generally really easy ways to do it (in C++, you'd only need to be familiar with the string library). Plus, most begining programming books seem to give examples of how to do things like this. I guess it just seems to me that questions like this don't so much test a person's ability to think logically, but rather how well they've read their begining programming book, or whether they've had a reason to look through libraries, etc.


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[Corion]: marto: How's things? I hope the kids are fine and you too!
[Corion]: Oh yay. I wonder why a very simple change in a program doesn't elicit a diff, and now I see that my diff program seems to have a bug ;)
[1nickt]: marto thanks for asking, so far so good. A pretty modern stack and decent procedures, although rather too much home-built stuff (e.g. a logging role that should tries to duplicate Log::Any).
[Corion]: No. It's just that I'm comparing the same output file twice, instead of comparing the output files of the two runs %-)
[Corion]: Lo and behold, running a program with the correct input files yields the correct (and expected) output. Yay me.
[1nickt]: Got a MacBook and am expected to develop directly on it, ironic given the recent thread about that.
[marto]: Corion, some not too serious issues with the kids, hopefully, other than that just dealing with commuting by car again in the winter, not much fun so far, and there's no real 'bad' weather yet :)
[marto]: 1nickt, glad to hear it, I'm sure you'll bring improvements to their stack in due course ;)
[1nickt]: Just trying to adjust to a new culture. Better doc than I am used to , but quite a bit more Agiley meta-bullshit; at least half a dozen meetings a week, strict "sprint" schedule etc. I'll adjust. And I hope to just switch off after the "scrum" each day at

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