04/16/14

Becoming A Google Boy Has Never Been Easier

I believe that the term ‘Google Boy’ hasn’t gone viral yet. It really should. I mean, there are Microsoft Men and Apple Boys. Maybe we should call the Google supporters the Google Techies, or Google Explorers ,or Googlies or simply Google Stuff Users. But because there is a site called GoogleFanBoy (GFB :D) I am going to stick with this name. I do dislike the contrast it creates to the Apple Cult(ure) though.

Now is being a GFB the same as being an Apple Fan-boy? Is the difference in the color of the phone the Fan-boys possess or is there more? The answer lies in this post and in your heart! Do GFBs use solely Android for mobile, Google Drive and Google Docs for cloud documents, Gmail for their daily mail digest, refrain from Bing (ok this was silly… nobody uses Bing) to find anything in the web, upload photos to Picasa, chat via Hangouts, dream about having enough money for the Google Glass and await the Google Wearables.

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04/15/14

A Brag About Socializing

I am not going to speak about the importance of technical contacts for very long. Rather I will put location of those into perspective.

Shaking handsKnowing people, affairs and news in technology should be the prime quest for every professional. I’ve noticed a correlation between the quality of a developer and his/her interest in technology. Not only developers (the main target of my blogging), but designers, testers, sales personnel and everybody else as well. It is what allows us to keep in touch with reality and not remain hidden in our personal shells. By keeping an eye on the technology market, you ain’t as likely to miss the next big thing.

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04/9/14

It Does Not Matter Where You Came From

It has been a while since I applied for a software developer position at Google. It is not a surprise that I did not get in.  Not that I was not disappointed back then, but after a while, I could identify the critical aspects. I was unable to take the extra step. I believed that I’ve done enough up to the point. I believed that I’ve learned a lot and was willing to prove my knowledge. There is a quote by Ella Fitzgerald that had a continuous impact on my life ever since

It isn’t where you came from, its where you’re going that counts.

It was a surprise to me, that nobody asked me generic programmer questions like… How many bits are there in a byte? What is the difference between a reference and a pointer? What are gaps in C++? I only had to write programs. It seemed rather silly to me at first, nevertheless I realized that it is not important what you know, but how you can apply this knowledge. I must tell you one thing. I hate Competetive Programming (CP). It is a children’s playground of silly made-up problems with overly complicated solutions. It does not solve real world problems. It can’t be delivered. There is no one to use the product of this work. It is the holy grail of geekiness.

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