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What Makes A Smart Developer? (Is it Google?)

Feb 14, 2011, 22:35 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Spiegel)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

""But I can just Google it." I was staring across my desk at a mop-haired young man who was interviewing for a Java software developer position on my team. He was responding to a question about memory management, but he wasn't really answering the question. He hemmed and hawed for a few seconds and that's when he blurted his Google answer. This young gun obviously didn't know the answer to my question. Yet from his perspective there was a feeling of "who cares?" because the answer could always be Googled. (Doesn't "Googled" sound better than "Binged" – which is actually a real word with bad connotations? Something Microsoft overlooked in their focus groups! But I digress…) Back to the young man sitting in my office. Actually, "young dude" would be more appropriate. He showed up to the interview in sandals, baggy pants, and a very colorful button-down shirt with a skinny tie. "

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