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A tale of two interviews

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We’ve been trying to find more people recently, and that means sifting trouble people. Once that process is done, we ask them to come to our offices for an interview. We recently had two interviews from people that were diametrically opposed to one another. Just to steal my own thunder, we decided not to go forward with either one of them. Before inviting them to an interview, I have them do a few coding questions at home. Those are things like: Given a big CSV file (that fit in memory), allow to speedily query by name or email. The
application will run for long period of time, and startup time isn’t very important. Given a very large file (multiple TB), detect what 4MB ranges has changed in the file between consecutive runs of your program. We’ll call the first one Joe. Joe has a lot of experience, he has been doing software for a long time, and has already had the chance to be a team lead in a couple of previous positions. He sent us some really interesting code. Usually I get a class or three in those answers. In this case, we got something that looked like...(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1674

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Software Announcing general availability of Mobile Services .NET support – Yavor Georgiev annoucnes the General Availability of Azure Mobile Services .NET backend, providing capabilities for .NET Backend development for mobile applications using ASP.NET WebAPI .NET Mobile Services- Visual Studio Toolbox – Robert Green is joined by Merwan Hade to discuss what is new in the […]

O’Reilly E-Book of the Day 15/Aug/2014 - Advanced Quantitative Finance with C++

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Originally posted on:’s half-price book of the Day offer from O’Reilly at is Advanced Quantitative Finance with C++. “This book will introduce you to the key mathematical models used to price financial derivatives, as well as the implementation of main numerical models used to solve them. In particular, equity, currency, interest rates, and credit derivatives are discussed. In the first part of the book, the main mathematical models used in the world of financial derivatives are discussed. Next, the numerical methods used to solve the mathematical models are presented. Finally, both the mathematical models
and the numerical methods are used to solve some concrete problems in equity, forex, interest rate, and credit derivatives.” ...(Read whole news on source site)

Speaking at KulenDayz 2014

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I’m glad to announce that I’m speaking at KulenDayz 2014 about next version of ASP.NET and demonstrate some new and cool stuff it brings to us. Most of content is about changes to current ASP.NET and the way we build and run web applications. Of course, I make demos too to illustrate my talk. This post introduces my ASP.NET vNext presentation. The post Speaking at KulenDayz 2014 appeared first on Gunnar Peipman - Programming Blog.

APress Deal of the Day 16/August/2014 - Node.js Recipes

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Originally posted on:’s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is Node.js Recipes. “Node.js Recipes is your one-stop reference for solving Node.js problems. Filled with useful recipes that follow a problem/solution format, you can look up recipes for many situations that you may come across in your day-to-day server-side development. ”

The Case Against Pay for Performance

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If you run a company, stop increasing pay based on performance reviews. No, I'm not taking advantage of l that newly legal weed in my state (Washington). I know this challenges a belief as old as business itself. It challenges something that seems so totally obvious that you're still not convinced I'm not smoking something. But hear me out. This excellent post in the Harvard Business Review Blog, Stop Basing Pay on Performance Reviews, makes a compelling case for this. It won't take long, so please go read it. Here's an excerpt. If your company is like most, it tries to drive
high performance by dangling money in front of employees’ noses. To implement this concept, you sit down with your direct reports every once in a while, assess them on their performance, and give them ratings, which help determine their bonuses or raises. What a terrible system. Performance reviews that are tied to compensation create a blame-oriented culture. It’s well known that they reinforce hierarchy, undermine collegiality, work against cooperative problem solving, discourage straight talk, and too easily become politicized. They’re self-defeating and demoralizing for all concerned. Even high performers suffer, because when their pay bumps up against the top of the salary...(Read whole news on source site)