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Hi,

I know many people here have asked for a new forum on interview questions...but why not seriously consider this. I feel its high time we think about this.

Lets have a forum purely with interview questions and answers bank. ( mostly technical) And who ever feels like contributing to this question bank can do so freely...like there are many sites on the web, which only serve this purpose. Examples include: www.allapplabs.com
www.techinterviews.com

I know Jobs Discussion forum handles this.

But when people need to really prepare for the interview, they would be better off with a forum of Question and Answers bank, which readily shows them what to expect....,rather than searching each forum, hitting the databse and waiting to get the results to comeout and clicking each hyperlink to read what's in there and then categorising the questions etc., This would definitely consume a whole lot of time! Please think about it!

Many of the javaranchers out there can meticuously help us in sorting the questions by topic and displaying them in Q & A format.

I would really appreciate if this comes out....

thanks,
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I wonder wether something like this would be a fit for our wiki: http://faq.javaranch.com
 
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Originally posted by Ilja Preuss:
I wonder wether something like this would be a fit for our wiki: http://faq.javaranch.com



This page has "EDIT THIS PAGE" button at the bottom and I tried adding (later removed) a space and it worked. So any one can edit this page? Is this some functionality or software limitiation?
 
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What Is Wiki
 
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Originally posted by Varun Khanna:


This page has "EDIT THIS PAGE" button at the bottom and I tried adding (later removed) a space and it worked. So any one can edit this page? Is this some functionality or software limitiation?



Our FAQ is a "Wiki". A Wiki is a collaborative web site; anyone can contribute. There are many Wikis on the web these days. The most famous is probably the original Portland Pattern Repository, an amazing, decade-old, ongoing discussion about agile programming; it is the birthplace of Extreme Programming. Another very well-known Wiki is Wikipedia, an ambitious and successful project to collaboratively build an online encyclopedia.

Anyone can edit any page. And anyone can repair any damage that is done. That's the whole point. A Wiki therefore represents the consensus of a community on some topic.
 
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Interesting, thanks.
 
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Do we really want to create a list of questions and answers for interview questions? Why not also create the solutions to typical college tests and projects while we are at it? Then we can change our slogan to - "JavaRanch - the place to cheat your way to success".
 
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I agree with Thomas. To prepare for an interview, the best way is to gain knowledge in the appropriate field, not memorize answers to FAIQs.
 
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:

Anyone can edit any page. And anyone can repair any damage that is done. That's the whole point. A Wiki therefore represents the consensus of a community on some topic.



It's also important to notice that the wiki keeps a full history of every page, so nothing can get fully lost.
 
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
I agree with Thomas. To prepare for an interview, the best way is to gain knowledge in the appropriate field, not memorize answers to FAIQs.



Well, that's a good point...
 
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I dont know about inteview questions but the other day when I had some problems with JRIO I did not find anything on JavaRanch.

Is it time to have a section on java issues on mainframe?

Pl. disregard if this has already been taken care of but i could not find.

Thanks.
 
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We already have a forum where people can post interview questions. The Programming Diversions forum was setup in part to handle these.

The forum description:

Programming puzzles, challenges, interview questions, and similar fun.
 
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Originally posted by Kuldeep Vaishnav:

Is it time to have a section on java issues on mainframe?



We generally create a new forum when there's too much traffic on a topic to fit into the existing forums. If there's not enough traffic on a topic, creating a forum for it doesn't help at all.
 
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Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
Do we really want to create a list of questions and answers for interview questions? Why not also create the solutions to typical college tests and projects while we are at it? Then we can change our slogan to - "JavaRanch - the place to cheat your way to success".



Hey Thomas, I'm sorry if there's any confusion...I didn't definitely mean a cheat sheet...

What I meant was purely technical Q and A, which would be of real help in approaching the subject in the right way and handling the interview in a better way..as we all know, Java is an ocean with so many technolgies interlinked...so to say...learning...JSP, Swing, Struts, JFC, Webservices, XML etc., like may be some 22 subjects, unlike any other languages.
May be that's the reason why we have so many forums and so many Javaranch Moderaotors around here to deal with so many technologies.

In brief, here's the analogy...to prepare for the Java certifications we have so many forums dealing the Q and A, and so many Javaranchers posting notes for it. And these notes couldn't possibly mean a cheat sheet for getting the certifications...Similarly, I meant the same for the interview too...

thanks,Sri
 
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I disagree with the view that it will be a cheat sheet.


1) Confidence
First I think many inexperienced people are intimidated by interviews. Having a list of common questions will help them feel more comfortable and do better in the interview process. Of course, as soon as they see the questions, the next step will be googling to see if their answers are correct or for help with those they can't answer.

2) Cheaters short change themselves
Yes, some people can, either through answers at JavaRanch of by googling answers to questions found at JavaRanch short change themselves by memorizing answers. It will only hurt them in the long run as they will not understand what they are talking about.

3) Good interviewers won't be fooled
Good interviewers don't just have stock questions they ask like a tape recorder. A good interviewer will ask questions and adapt based on prior answers. I very much doubt someone who memorized answers could keep up with anyone half way decent.

--Mark
 
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