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#1 sharkyJay

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 03:45 AM

You meet a php programmer and can only ask him/her one question. Their reply to this one question will determine if they are a good programmer or not.

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#2 ober

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 03:47 AM

That's ridiculous. You cannot determine a programmer's worth on one question. That's a management pipe dream.

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#3 Koobi

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 10:18 AM

uh...."Did you create PHP all by yourself"?

i guess a "yes" would be the right answer there?...

#4 Kris

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 11:47 AM

"Could you hand me your Curriculum Vitae?"

#5 neylitalo

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 03:11 PM

I'm really hoping this is a joke, to which there is a predetermined answer... because if it isn't, it should be deleted ASAP, if not before. There is no one question that determines the quality of a programmer.

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#6 .josh

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Posted 16 June 2006 - 04:11 PM

question: "how long do you usually sleep?"

answer: "sleep? geez, do you even bother to read the manual? [a href=\"http://www.php.net/sleep"\" target=\"_blank\"]http://www.php.net/sleep"[/a]
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#7 neylitalo

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Posted 17 June 2006 - 11:36 PM

Warning: puzzle within.

I'm giving this one until 1150603200. Just in case there is some merit.

Figure it out. :)

Clue: 47-10-06 N 088-29-20 W.

(somewhat on-topic: If you can get this one, you've certainly got the problem solving skills needed.)

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#8 poirot

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 05:32 AM

"Houghton County Memorial Airport"?
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#9 akitchin

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 07:39 AM

it appears saturday (june 17) is already up. neal, care to clue us in?




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