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@@ -4,4 +4,4 @@ source "https://rubygems.org"
gem 'builder'
gem 'rack-rewrite'
gem 'rdiscount'
-gem 'toto', :git => "git://github.com/cloudhead/toto.git"
+gem 'toto'
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-GIT
- remote: git://github.com/cloudhead/toto.git
- revision: 7af9a057ad422c591ff2b70fbd425d50dffb0ebc
- specs:
- toto (0.4.9)
- builder
- rack
- rdiscount
-
GEM
remote: https://rubygems.org/
specs:
builder (3.0.0)
rack (1.4.1)
rack-rewrite (1.2.1)
rdiscount (1.6.8)
+ toto (0.4.9)
+ builder
+ rack
+ rdiscount
PLATFORMS
ruby
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builder
rack-rewrite
rdiscount
- toto!
+ toto
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+---
+title: We have one hour to ship
+date: 04/01/2013
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+We sat hunched over a laptop in a well-lit room. I explained the programming challenge without looking away from the computer screen. From the corner of my eye, I saw the candidate nodding along. Then I turned to him, slid the laptop over, and smiled as I said, "We have one hour to ship a solution to this problem. You drive".
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+This is how I interview software developers. After experimenting with different styles and techniques, I have found that simulating an hour of real work will give me the best feedback on a candidate. But most important of all, it answers my main questions:
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+* 1) Can they work as a team?
+* 2) Can they get things done?
+* 3) Skill wise, where are they now and where can I take them?
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+In my experience, questions 1 and 2 are rarely answered during an interview cycle. It shouldn't have to be that way. Invest an hour and get the surprises out the way.
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+After all, what better way to find out if they can do the job than actually doing it?

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