When Interviews Fail

tl;dr Peter Verhas asks a seemingly innocent question during a technical interview, and gets an answer that is not wrong, but doesn’t really fit. He then claims that “Sometimes I also meet candidates who not only simply do not know the answer but give the wrong answer. To know something wrong is worse than not knowing. Out of these very few even insists and tries to explain how I should have interpreted their answer. That is already a personality problem and definitely a no-go in an interview.” I claim that Peter is not only wrong, but that in addition to doing his company a complete disservice with this kind of interview, I personally would never want to work for a company that takes this attitude.



Hire the Fired

tl;dr A Forbes.com article Q/A recently stated that job-seekers need to hide the fact that they’ve ever been fired from a position, because of the stigma associated with such an action. I couldn’t disagree more.


Xamarin: Next Steps

tl;dr By now, everybody in the tech industry has heard that Microsoft and Xamarin have come to terms and Microsoft will acquire the cross-compiling mobile development tools vendor. This is a good thing for both parties, and aside from watching Miguel de Icaza pop the cork on some very expensive champagne and celebreate with his people, there’s a number of things to think about. Here’s my thoughts around the next steps for Microsoft (and the Xamarin division within Microsoft, however that looks), as well as for people using Xamarin.



On Apple and encryption

tl;dr By now, everybody has heard that the FBI has issued a request (which is now being backed by a court order to comply) to Apple to provide software to unlock the iPhone 5c of one of the San Bernardino shooters. This is a massive request, with huge implications for everybody (Apple, Americans, foreigners, I really mean everybody). And most of those implications, I believe, are bad.


Why should they care?

tl;dr I’m frequently asked for my opinion around books (doing two reviews now, in fact, both of which look really good and worth reading—more on that later), presentations, marketing efforts, and sometimes, startups themselves. In almost all of these cases, I find myself frequently asking the same question as a bit of Quibb clickbait I ran across recently. (It also helps to answer why I’ve taken up the habit of doing the “tl;dr” thing at the front of each of my blog posts recently.)


End of a plugin

tl;dr For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, Oracle decided to pull the plug on the Java plugin. It’s the end of an era, and it bears investigation.


Talking at conferences

tl;dr A tweet from Scott Hanselman brought me to a page from a Google Developer Expert talking about his experiences talking at conferences. Like Scott, my experience is wildly different from his, and I thought merited a response—and a call to action, if you’re so inclined.