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Ideally this would be something that a reasonably skilled developer could finish in 30-60 minutes, that would demonstrate an understanding of, and comfort with, strictness, lexicals, modules, objects, and references.

30 to 60 minutes isn't much if you all want to test this. It's also way too short to get familiar with the horrible code you are describing. You also mention usage of strict several times in your post. Don't stare yourself blind on that. "use strict" is an aid, but a defensive one. Like safety belts. You wouldn't judge the quality of a driver on whether he wears safety belts or not (and while you may demand that a driver wears a safety belt if you hire him, his driving won't improve). You also might miss out on great coders like Damian, who seldomly uses strict.

I once got to do a programming test while doing interviews. A simple test: list all the files in the current directory, or any subdirectories (no deeper than one level) that end in '.foo'. Don't use the File::Find module. There's a white-board, here's a pen. Go ahead, write it, and explain what you are doing. Believe me, what I said was far more important than what I wrote.

I'd say, if you make a test, keep the test simple. Don't solely judge the result, look how the candidate reaches the result. Let the candidate talk.


In reply to Re: How to measure Perl skills? by Abigail-II
in thread How to measure Perl skills? by optimist

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