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    Coder #1

    I came across this one the other day.

    Is Microsoft a good thing?

    How do you answer something like this?

    edit: The job was for a C# dev.

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    TommyCarlier

    Yes.

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    TommyCarlier

    I think "Yes" is a better answer than "No, they're EVIL!!! Evil I says ya!!!"

    There might not be a right answer. Microsoft has certainly pushed the computer business forward, but I can't deny they have also done some bad things (business practices) in the past. So maybe the correct answer is "Yes and no" or "It depends".

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    Coder #1

    TommyCarlier said:

    I think "Yes" is a better answer than "No, they're EVIL!!! Evil I says ya!!!"

    There might not be a right answer. Microsoft has certainly pushed the computer business forward, but I can't deny they have also done some bad things (business practices) in the past. So maybe the correct answer is "Yes and no" or "It depends".

    Yah, I guess without Microsoft i wouldnt be there for the interview!

    .Net is a wonderfull world to code with, so thats a good thing.

    I just dislike those open question where there is no definitive answer - but I guess thats the point!

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    Dr Herbie

    Coder #1 said:
    TommyCarlier said:
    *snip*
    Yah, I guess without Microsoft i wouldnt be there for the interview!

    .Net is a wonderfull world to code with, so thats a good thing.

    I just dislike those open question where there is no definitive answer - but I guess thats the point!
    I occasionally interview C# devs: open questions are there to start the interviewee talking about technical stuff so that the interviewer can see what 'type' of dev they are (a 9-5 dev who's not really interested in the industry as a whole, a 'l337' dev who thinks that only they can wrte good code and that the .NET BCL is rubbish, an MS devotee who wouldn't consider anything else, or a pragmatic dev who knows the pros and cons of MS).

    I don't look for right and wrong answers, I just want the strike a technical conversation to get a 'feel' for the person I'm talking to,.

    Herbie

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    littleguru

    Dr Herbie said:
    Coder #1 said:
    *snip*
    I occasionally interview C# devs: open questions are there to start the interviewee talking about technical stuff so that the interviewer can see what 'type' of dev they are (a 9-5 dev who's not really interested in the industry as a whole, a 'l337' dev who thinks that only they can wrte good code and that the .NET BCL is rubbish, an MS devotee who wouldn't consider anything else, or a pragmatic dev who knows the pros and cons of MS).

    I don't look for right and wrong answers, I just want the strike a technical conversation to get a 'feel' for the person I'm talking to,.

    Herbie

    And who is who in this forums?

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    tfraser

    Dr Herbie said:
    Coder #1 said:
    *snip*
    I occasionally interview C# devs: open questions are there to start the interviewee talking about technical stuff so that the interviewer can see what 'type' of dev they are (a 9-5 dev who's not really interested in the industry as a whole, a 'l337' dev who thinks that only they can wrte good code and that the .NET BCL is rubbish, an MS devotee who wouldn't consider anything else, or a pragmatic dev who knows the pros and cons of MS).

    I don't look for right and wrong answers, I just want the strike a technical conversation to get a 'feel' for the person I'm talking to,.

    Herbie

    You don't need to carry on with all that. Everyone knows the only question that ever needs to be asked of a developer during an interview is why they think manhole covers are round. It's quick, simple and covers all the bases.

    Jokes aside, I had this question asked during a lateral thinking quiz in class and I immediately knew about five different responses due to its popularity among the Microsoft community.

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    Dr Herbie

    tfraser said:
    Dr Herbie said:
    *snip*

    You don't need to carry on with all that. Everyone knows the only question that ever needs to be asked of a developer during an interview is why they think manhole covers are round. It's quick, simple and covers all the bases.

    Jokes aside, I had this question asked during a lateral thinking quiz in class and I immediately knew about five different responses due to its popularity among the Microsoft community.

    Well, manhole covers are obviously round because that's the way God made them.
    Wink
    Herbie

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    Minh

    coder # 1 wrote:
    Is Microsoft a good thing?


    Were you interviewing AT Microsoft? Smiley

    Dr Herbie wrote:
    Well, manhole covers are obviously round because that's the way God made them.


    Or be serious & tell them the truth. Manhole covers evolve over the years based on best selection against environment pressures. Did you know they started out squared? Wink


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    Coder #1

    Minh said:
    coder # 1 wrote:
    Is Microsoft a good thing?


    Were you interviewing AT Microsoft? Smiley

    Dr Herbie wrote:
    Well, manhole covers are obviously round because that's the way God made them.


    Or be serious & tell them the truth. Manhole covers evolve over the years based on best selection against environment pressures. Did you know they started out squared? Wink


    Minh, It wasnt microsoft but it was a mid to large size company.

    I used to be pro microsoft in a sense of - its the best damn thing and everything else is rubbish. But older and wiser - i know it is all about the right tool for the right job.

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