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Scott Hanselman
"We've enjoyed interviewing you Scott, great job on all these real-world not-whiteboard interview tech questions. One last question. You've been coding for 25 years. What's the Markdown for a URL with custom title text?" ... "Can I google it?" "No." "I'll show myself out."
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Scott Hanselman 22 Mar 19
Replying to @shanselman
No one gets my jokes.
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Nzall, venting some Steam away from Azeroth. 22 Mar 19
Replying to @shanselman
This might be because I spend loads of time on Stack Overflow and thus know most markup things, but isn't it simply [title text here](url here)?
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Scott Hanselman 22 Mar 19
Replying to @realnzall
Yes but it’s often reversed.
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Neel 21 Mar 19
Replying to @shanselman
very weird how they would ask someone w/ 25 years of experience something tiny and nuanced like this. At your level, interview questions should be geared towards proposing solutions to a large problem, no? Dare I say, this was a cheap shot at you.
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Scott Hanselman 21 Mar 19
Replying to @neelerita
It was a (far too realistic) joke but I totally agree with you.
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Aleksei � Matiushkin 21 Mar 19
Replying to @shanselman
While I get the point, I honestly do not believe there are professionals in the industry who have not memorized this yet in 2019. Yes, the example is contrived, but not remembering a markdown for the link reveals the lack of somewhat fundamental to CS, like blogging and CRing.
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Scott Hanselman 21 Mar 19
Replying to @mudasobwa
Check the replies. Maybe not you, but a HUGE swath of people have more important things to remember. And I think “markdown URL format != computer science”. It’s trivia at best.
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Vicky Harp 21 Mar 19
Replying to @shanselman
I work on the SQL Server product team and I had to look up SQL syntax yesterday
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Scott Hanselman 22 Mar 19
Replying to @vickyharp
I appreciate you.
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tobecodex 22 Mar 19
Replying to @shanselman
First thing I say to every interviewee is 'There are no trick questions and anything you might do in a normal working day you are free to do here'. I EXPECT you to look things up if you don't know them. That's what we all do.
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Scott Hanselman 22 Mar 19
Replying to @tobecodex
love this
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