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Posted by w0ep on February 18, 2018 at 7:01 am

[Today’s run: 7.25 miles]

Last week I saw reference to an online quiz/interview thing called Triplebyte so I decided to give it a shot.

I did the quiz part and the thing reported that I did well.  I’m skeptical.  But, they wanted me to sign up for an interview time.  So I have an interview coming up next Saturday at 9 am.

They give some description of the interview.  Part of it is debugging a program.  And they give a list of programming languages from which you can choose.

I’ve been using something called Perl for most of my projects in the last 20 years. Perl wasn’t on the list.  I used to know ‘C’ pretty well.  C wasn’t on the list either.  I’ve done some C++ and some Java.  C++ and Java were on there. But doing anything with them these days means I’d have to learn an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) which I don’t really want to take the time to do right now.  Another Perl-like language was on the list called Python.

I’ve taken a half hearted run at Python a couple of times.  It seemed like a waste of time since I didn’t want to expand the already long list of technologies I’m supposed to know for my job.  But now I’ve been reading about Python for this interview.  If I don’t get anything else out of it, maybe I can learn Python.

p.s.

I’m reading more on the Triplebyte website.  It looks like they only do staffing of high-tech start-ups in The Bay.

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  • On February 18, 2018 at 10:12 am Jonathan Howard said

    FWIW the sidewalks are awash w tech looking folk in dntn SF. They look nerdy and hip at the same time. Many are Indian/Pakistani. Salesforce tower is almost done and they have taken over a few other buildings nearby. And twitter is a few blocks away. They drive up the cost of eating lunch out. Long lines of people paying $15 for a salad. Young people. I think they make low $100k salaries and spend it all on rent and eating out. I wonder when it will crash, like the dot com bubble?

    • On February 18, 2018 at 1:28 pm w0ep said

      Me too.

      https://triplebyte.com/blog/does-it-make-sense-for-programmers-to-move-to-the-bay-area

      The only reason to come to The Bay is if one is looking to cash in on a start-up in some way.
      Its like the reason a young woman would go to Hollywood to become an actress.. that’s where it happens.
      Otherwise, to do interesting work or to make a living, it really has no bearing on anything.

      My little time in the area, I enjoyed the scenery (I had a class in San Jose 20+ years ago and took
      an afternoon to drive through SF and down the coastal highway to Santa Cruz… )

  • On February 18, 2018 at 6:45 pm Jonathan Howard said

    An apt analogy

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