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- Antonio Cangiano offers insights on the process of hiring programmers, interns in particular. It was interesting that he observed the Dunning-Kruger effect when listing qualifications. I’ll admit that if I were to be interviewed right at this moment, I too would probably struggle with the algorithmic questions, and that is because I don’t deal with these questions day-to-day. It is a reminder for me brush up on them here. I’d be curious to know if Antonio observed and inverse relationship between proficiency in “programming in the real world” and proficiency in knowledge of algorithms.
- I had all but forgotten about the Infinite Mario awesomeness, and then I found a post from Ben Weber, not about Infinite Mario, but about data mining that game. Apparently, Ben endeavors to write a version of Infinite Mario that adapts to the player’s skill level. Awesome.
- Finally, from Stack Overflow clone Stack Exchange (apparently it’s been a while since I used to frequent Stack Overflow), find a discussion about why programmers are arrogant. However, it is a shame that the correct answer is buried so far near the bottom. Oh dear — did that sound arrogant?
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