[BangPypers] Responding to people who lack the curiosity

Srijayanth Sridhar srijayanth at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 09:04:18 CEST 2009


wrt my earlier question, the following blog is a nice writeup. I realize its
Ruby, but the general principles of posting on a newsgroup/forum apply.


Thank you,


On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 12:21 PM, Srijayanth Sridhar
<srijayanth at gmail.com>wrote:

> Yeah, I second your thoughts on incompetence. My company's conducting
> interviews of freshers, and you'll be amazed at the answers I get for "What
> is a hash table?". One bright bulb answered it with "It is a hash function
> table". My standard opening interview question is to ask them to write a
> simple C program that reverses a string. Most get that wrong. In two years,
> I've only seen about 10 candidates get that right.
> I've come to lament the factory like nature of IT in India. People learn
> extremely minimal subset of specialized skills. I've had chaps who can't see
> beyond .NET or Java very simply because these are industry idioms. I tell
> them stuff about perl, python or ruby and I get back "but those are
> scripting languages".
> Jayanth
> On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 12:13 PM, Sriram Narayanan <sriramnrn at gmail.com>wrote:
>> On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 11:50 AM, Sridhar
>> Ratnakumar<sridhar.ratna at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Now do you think a person who is lazy to type a few characters in an
>> > Internet search engine (as evidenced by "Is there any tutorial. Should
>> > we include any library?") would be interested at all in reading a
>> > 60,000 words document?
>> I've concluded that a vast number of our developers are actually
>> incompetent, and also clueless on how to self-study and to conduct a
>> search. Perhaps our education system has conditioned their minds to
>> mug up and to read various study guides, and they are unaware that in
>> the real world, self help is necessary.
>> Having said that, I have felt it useful to reply to such posts with a
>> google search url, than to merely ask them to buzz off. I've observed
>> that with such replies, free loaders understand that they will get
>> responses, but not free lunches.
>> -- Sriram
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