This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
I just finished a phone technical interview (on Java of course). It was my first one and please listen to this... It all went "very well" according to him at the end. However, he was under the impression that: 1) a non-final method cannot be made final in a subclass because it is "more restrictive" to do so. I respectfully disagreed. 2) there is an access modifier that allows ONLY subclasses to directly access a variable in a class WITHOUT allowing access by classes in the same package that are NOT subclasses. He thought protected did the job. And he thinks I was wrong in saying that it could not be done. What do you think? Did I miss something in my studies? Simply put, protected is less restrictive than package access so...!! Anyway, I expect them now to schedule a personal interview in Ft. Lauderdale, "Where The Girls Are" BTW, it is a requirement of the job to also be completely fluent in the Spanish language. Their client in Ft. Lauderdale is the Latino Division of a very large international bank. "I really want this job"! BTW, I have NO IDEA of what salary is involved... PS: The guy had a Master's Degree in Physics and another in Comp Sci.
Tony Alicea Senior Java Web Application Developer, SCPJ2, SCWCD
I really wasn't bothered but amused instead. Studying for Certification, as you said, makes you learn the basics very well. As some of you know, I have never written a line of Java code in exchange for money, but you know what? The interviewer said that he would not hold it against me because he knows the situation. He liked the fact that like, him, I was a physics major in college who "betrayed the field" and became programmers instead He wanted to know what was my thought process in making the switch.
And this one was the really er... should I say interesting, weird, coincidence, fate?
He said that one of his objectives ("dream" is the word he used) for the near future is to visit the Arecibo Observatory (the largest single-dish radar/radio telescope in the world) which is located in the "jungle" in Puerto Rico, is operated by Cornell University AND was my FIRST place of employment as a programmer right after graduating #1 in Physics from the University of Puerto Rico! [ May 28, 2004: Message edited by: Tony Alicea ]