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Interviewery

Permalink 03/21/08 at 08:54:36 am, by Ed, 269 words   English (US)
Categories: Work, Games, Programming

So I went to an interview at Concrete Software on Wednesday. It's a small company, only six people. They basically make games for cellphones and blackberries. Not a bad option, let me tell you. I hope I do get that job. One of the things I had to do in the interview was change code based on previous code from a game they quickly explained to me. After trying out the game really quick, I realized it's basically Connect-4, except using a generalized approach of having to get a shape the game specifies instead of four blocks in a row, and you don't have to drop boxes. The shape I saw was:

*-*
-*-
--*

So you basically have to put your pieces in that shape on the board and make sure the computer doesn't. The first part of the test was really simple stuff like change the size of the board (change the value of two constants) and add a new tile type (Bonus type; simply add a new constant value).

The second part was much more interesting. A char[] was passed in, and the function had to reverse the order of the words in-place in the array. For example, "I am a duck" would become "duck a am I". It took a bit of thinking, but I eventually figured it out, and it was a rather interesting problem that I actually enjoyed solving. How weird is that?

In other news, I'm still engaged, and people should post comments on the wedding blog before Bridget becomes disinterested in it and all of my work becomes for naught.

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