March 26th, 2003

2016, fenris + phoenix

about the interview...

about the interview: so... I got there about 5 minutes late, but it wasn't a big deal. interviewed with "one of the developers" first, and I liked him. first question: implement the fibonacci sequence. I had a pretty nifty solution, and while stepping through it for him fixed one bug. some box+pointer diagrams. and I mentioned heap vs. stack memory, which is good to know, some. second question I bombed. "trace through this code and find the memory leak". very subtle. a good question. [it was a stack implementation that "leaked" when objects were popped. it just decremented the storage pointer without 'nulling' what had been stored. so anything that was in the array would remain uncollected.]

then he was going to ask a question about notify vs. notifyAll and I told him I didn't know anything about java2 threading. and we chatted about this and that. apparently postgresql 7.3 upgrades nicely other than having to change foo = NULL to foo IS NULL in queries (which is how I already code).

discussed stuff I'd learned about postgresql recently (vacuuming and how to design tables for that and such). and he asked a question about design patterns; I told him what I knew of them, so he asked a "simple" question. I recognized the pattern, at least. "Singleton". though I couldn't remember why they were good. but we discussed implementation a little and I got to name another design pattern there. [Factory] and I got to ask a question about singleton that I had been wondering about and got to mention that I thought the java folks had read the book and used its naming scheme rather extensively. maybe bonus points there.

then the second interview, lead developer... he hadn't actually looked at any of my code. had printed out some of it. So I talked him through it some. found one bug. and he explained to me java2 threading. at which point, using that, we verbally reworked my answer some. and then we discussed a small problem based off of the connectionpooling stuff. went over the projects on my resume, to some extent, what I did at poemranker, what I'd learned at metazoa, what I'd learned recently.

I think I spent about 20 minutes with each.

next week I should get a call as to whether I get a second interview.

They say they need developers ASAP. I need a job sooner than that. la la la. :)
2016, fenris + phoenix

volunteering?

put my name on a petition-like thing as "possible volunteer" last week. medical advocacy. I'm going in tomorrow to do some data entry, sounds like. Should be... fun. I told them I was willing to do hosting or list service, but I think that was above the person who called me. They wanted folks to do calling. I told them I wasn't a people person.

Don't know what I think of it. The person who called me seems to be one of the "two people in charge of it all". A bit of a zealot. "people have the right to preemptive health care". Well, no, no they don't. Especially not in this country. While I'm actually somewhat a fan of socialism (or at least of the idea of putting a limiting curve on the "top" and "bottom" of society), ... eh. [I could go on about that for a while and I don't know how much sense I'd make.] I don't like it when people think they "deserve" stuff. It really irks me.

Why am I volunteering? Karma? The hope it will get me a job? A desire for more appreciation? Getting my name in their newsletter? Seriously, I don't get it. It definitely wasn't her marketing skills. I guess... maybe it was that I thought they needed a helping hand, and it won't hurt me (shouldn't hurt me, at least) to do what I can (without hurting myself).