Job interview in progress

Recently, while interviewing a person, I came up with an interesting question. That led to a series of discoveries about the interviewee. So I thought I would share it here.

How does xUnit work? **

This one question offered insight into various aspects that I cared about. I steered the discussion until I got the answers to these question, without asking them explicitly.

  • Do you know what unit testing is? – Awareness level
  • When do you write test cases? Before or after the change? – Practitioner skills
  • How does unit testing work? – Conceptual skills
  • Do you understand annotations? How are they used in JUnit / NUnit? – Advanced developer skills
  • Do you understand the implementation behind unit test frameworks, or are you a dumb consumer? – Architectural skills
  • How was the implementation explained? – Communication skills

What are your favourite questions?

** Replace xUnit with language specific implementation (JUnit, NUnit, etc.).

If there was ever a totally unqualified opinion, here it is. A blogger for 6 weeks and change, this is my thought what a blogging tool should be.

Those who came here searching for the ultimate editor, I am sorry to disappoint, only ideas here.

To start with; I have tried WordPress online editor, Scribefire, Windows Live Writer and Drivel; and found them all lacking in one aspect or another. Currently I find Live Writer to be better than the rest. Trying out OneNote which has few features I like.

So, having laid the foundation, here are the features I would like to see in a blog editor.
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Haven’t there been times when you came across some text that you could not copy or edit? It could be for a variety of reasons, whether it is a scanned copy, or an image containing text, a screen shot etc.

I came across a similar situation yesterday, when I was looking for a word list to create a Pictionary for my kid. “Stretch mark mama” had this great list; unfortunately she shared it as an image. I needed to extract the text out of the image and remembered an old trick. So I thought I would as well share it.

The trick is to use the Document Imaging application that comes with MS Office.

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Yesterday I stumbled upon SmallBasic, while looking for something else. It is an interesting little project by Microsoft to create an entry level language to teach programming. It is a mix of toned down BASIC and Logo. Since the language (or is it an application) is still in infancy, version 0.5 released recently, I will try not to be too harsh on it.

Sample program with obligatory screenshot

Showing Flickr Image
   1: url = Flickr.GetPictureOfMoment()

   2: img = ImageList.LoadImage(url) 

   3: GraphicsWindow.Title = url 

   4: GraphicsWindow.DrawImage(img,0,0) 

   5: GraphicsWindow.Height = ImageList.GetHeightOfImage(img) 

   6: GraphicsWindow.Width = ImageList.GetWidthOfImage(img)

image

The Good:

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In my first post, I talked about analysing my interests based on delicious bookmarks. This post is to announce that I have cleaned up the script a bit and posted it on this blog. Try it out.

What is delicious trends?

It is a simple visualisation of your online taste. All your bookmarks will be plotted on a time line, helping you to see how your interests evolved over time.

Note: All processing is done in your browser and no data is sent to my server.

Why did I create it?

Once upon a time, not too long ago, I was wondering what interested me. After a while of introspection, I got a lot of answers from my heart, but my mind wanted a quantitative proof. So I decided to look at my bookmarks to find what I bookmarked and when.

How was it created?

A quick (& dirty) mashup of delicious api + jquery + google visualisation plugin. Most of the code is straight out of the samples. My desire was to find the answers I was looking for, ASAP.

Did you like it? Hated it? Have a suggestion? Do leave your feedback.