How to answer a programming interview question

I spent a few hours on Friday doing mock interviews for CS undergrads.  The idea was to help them experience the interview process without the pressure of having a job on the line.  The session was interactive with lots of stopping for advice.  I found myself explaining the following to most of the candidates.  I…

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Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore, dies at age 83

Jack Tramiel was the founder of Commodore International which produced the Commodore 64 and the Amiga computers.  It was also the company that made the once ubiquitous 6502 processor which powered the Apple // and the Commodore 64.  The Commodore 64 was the best selling computer of all time and the Amiga (which came after…


Behind the Scenes of Windows 8

Larry Osterman returns with another installment of his Behind the Scenes… series.  This time with Windows 8.  Larry is a developer for the team I work on.  If you haven’t caught it yet, take the time to read how the team developing Windows Runtime experienced this release.


Successfully Interviewing for a Developer Job

Having recently completed another round of campus campus interviews, several things stand out as advice that could be useful to those of you aspiring to get jobs in the software industry as a Developer or Test Developer. Always describe what you are doing and thinking – If you are given a programming question and you…

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If you ever wondered why Vim uses hjkl for arrow keys…

I tend to use Vim as my editor of choice.  Even when using Visual Studio, I do so with the ViEmu plugin.  I have always wondered why the directional keys were hjkl instead of jkl;.  The latter are the home keys for the right hand.  The former are not and overload the right index finger. …


How to Write Your First Developer Resume

I am returning from a recruiting trip to interview students on campus.  Because of this trip, I had a chance to read a good number of resumes.  Some were well done, many, however, were not.  They contained irrelevant information or were missing important items.  It’s very hard writing your resume for your first job.  You…

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