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thebeings

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Niner since 2004

languages : c++, c#, vb.net, java, assembly (x386 - not a pro / g00r00 but understand and would like...
  • Zoe Goldring and Gretchen Ledgard - What is it like to interview at Microsoft?

    open source has its pros and cons..

    business wise - i dont recommend it especially to the non-techies..

  • Richard Turner - What would you tell a college student who is trying to decide between .NET or other

    Hello everyone..

    Just wanted to add a few things..

    Its funny - I used to be one of those java/linux guys and stumbled across .net 3 years ago by chance.. since then I never looked back..

    Now for my point ( Big Smile ) - I'm currently completing my CS degree and have been able to turn those non-believers into steadfast followers!

    I actually argued many of their points - both from a technical and a business perspective.

    What really won them over is when did the following :

    Both parties would sit at one computer - so me and the other guy

    Then we would make up something to do. For example, make a webpage that takes in email address and verifies it to make sure its valid..

    now the java/linux guy was able to keep up with me while we were making it.. so he still wasnt impressed

    then we made a new assignment.. we decided to create 1 table in a database of our choice and populate with some data i just so happened to have handy (100000+ records) (basicaly a product table)

    what we had to do was simple - search the data and spit back a response based off the search criteria in a nice manor..


    well i think it took me a total of 10 minutes to perform this task..

    afterwich i preceded to the coke machine while he spent his time coding away..


    the end result - what wound up winning him over - productivity.. he was amazed at how fast one was able to make something - moreover - he was doubly impressed that it looked better than his..

    and this is a hardcore / g00r00 linux type..



    i will admit it hasnt been easy converting the masses but i shall convert all to c# one way or another


    lol sorry some geek humor there

  • Zoe Goldring and Gretchen Ledgard - What is it like to interview at Microsoft?

    Variable,

    #1

    "my personality going into interviews at MS was pristine, happy, positive, energized"

    - did this fade perhaps? did you lose the energy? - I'm not poking - I'm only trying to understand what happened with your scenario.

    #2 "write a routine..."

    - how long ago was this? was this during the transition to asp.net and a more OO approach to programming. I could totally see why this question is feasible.

    #3 "I got hired because I proved I had the right stuff in that I could and did continually learn what was put in front of me."

    - did you continue to learn throughout your stay with microsoft - like - did you continue to expand your skill set and take on new technologies / products released by ms and others? just curious..


    please remember - i mean no harm by my questions - its just to gain further insight.


    wish you the best
  • Zoe Goldring and Gretchen Ledgard - What is it like to interview at Microsoft?

    Just a comment or two about this post - actually the original post.

    Now - I personally have never worked for Microsoft - but have been working towards working there some day - hopefully soon ( waiting to see if i get 2nd interview ).

    Anyhow - the reasoning behind writing this - guy.. calm down a bit.. There are times in a business where you have to let some people go. That is a fact of life in the business world. Sometimes you can hire - sometimes you fire.

    All that aside - be happy that you got 4 years! Some of us don't even have our foot in the door yet. If you take the time to think for a moment what it is you have under your belt. You worked at Microsoft for 4 years. Now I'm not the "pro" on resume writing - but it doesn't take a genius to realize that having MS on your resume/cv will certainly make you seem like a great candidate.

    Lastly, as to not over do this thread even more so - I totally agree with what was said in the reply about "Perhaps your tendency towards bitterness". Take time to reflect on that. In fact - when I read your post - it was the first thing that came to mind.

    Anyhow.. Good luck!