Hanselminutes Podcast 53 - Hiring and Interviewing Engineers
My fifty-third podcast is up. In the ridiculous wake of FizzBuzz, we talk about more practical techniques for interviewing engineers, and Scott interviews Carl for a job as a programmer.
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Links from the Show
Using FizzBuzz to Find Developers who Grok Coding (mgx)
Don't Overthink FizzBuzz (mh0)
On Interviewing Programmers (mh3)
Why Can't Programmers.. Program? (mgy)
Programming Jokes compiled by Raganwald (mh1)
The Guerrilla Guide to Interviewing (version 3.0) (mh4)
You Can't Teach Height - Measuring Programmer Competence via FizzBuzz (mgz)
What Great .NET Developers Ought To Know (More .NET Interview Questions) (mh2)
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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
Apologies, but it's armchair QB time on the ASP/ASP.NET Fx version race:
An ISAPI filter seems like an awfully big hammer for that problem. Why not just create a simple unmanaged COM object (ATL, could even be VB6) to call CorBindToRuntimeEx for 1.1, and call it from global.asa's Application_OnStart handler? That way you don't need to do any special IIS config, just register the object (since there were obviously others being registered anyway)...
Sorry- COM interop was a big part of my life for a very long time (but not at my new job!)
Then redirect back to the ASP page from the ASP.NET page and check a global flag to determine if it is the first time the page has loaded.
What do people think of group interviews? The interview for my first job was a group interview with 3 other candidates.
We had to pair off and ask each other questions. Then we had to introduce the other person to everyone else.
Definitely an alternative way of interviewing people but I guess they were looking at communications skill, team skill etc.
With IIS 6.0 you can configure wildcard mapping, and set ASP.Net to run before and after all requests to the application. You set which version of the framework, so it looks like it fits your needs, without writing code.
Good show - an enjoyable summary of all the FizzBuzz action from last week.
he must be deaf or something though cause I was jumping up and down shouting "ISAPI dll! ISAPI dll!!!" Man, it's so rare that i know something clever, but if feels so good when i do! I got to do that more often.
Meanwhile I still can't solve that tricky fizzbuzz puzzle. My version just prints "Pffttt" and then blue screens.
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