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Venom
18-03-2005, 14:58:31
Anyone have any good questions for an interview? I'm supposed to sit in on this interview in 2 hours (I was just warned 10 minutes ago) for a Microsoft Access Programmer and I already know the guy is going to know more about it than me.

Debaser
18-03-2005, 15:14:14
Was Wittgenstein correct in his assertion that all concepts are limited by language?

Fistandantilus
18-03-2005, 15:17:35
What's the point of this interview? Trying to humiliate him? If so I have a couple of good questions :cute:

zmama
18-03-2005, 15:23:36
"are you a gay twat?"

Debaser
18-03-2005, 15:34:22
What is the most powerful (real) weapon you have ever fired?

Funko
18-03-2005, 15:35:36
What's Hungarian for Polar Bear? (jegasmedver)

zmama
18-03-2005, 15:43:38
Oł sont le Snowdons d'antan?

Fistandantilus
18-03-2005, 16:00:05
How fit are you?

Venom
18-03-2005, 16:12:49
Did I misplace this thread in Counterpoint?

zmama
18-03-2005, 16:14:43
Dunno enough about it to ask good questions *shrug*

Funko
18-03-2005, 16:19:24
Never used access but I hear it's shit.

zmama
18-03-2005, 16:22:03
I learned a bit of it...I thought it was kinda fun. But no way do I know anything useful

Tizzy
18-03-2005, 16:24:22
I learned a bit trying to troubleshoot an application we've got (oh and helping design it orignally) but that was a long time ago for my poor brain to remember

Debaser
18-03-2005, 16:26:06
Originally posted by Funko
Never used access but I hear it's shit.

Haha, are you not perhaps slightly biased though?

Having said that, I'm not biased at all, and I also think Access is shit.

Funko
18-03-2005, 16:33:53
Not really, we use plenty of Microsoft stuff.

Access is a relational database management system and we don't have much use for that anyway... but all I've heard makes me fear it's horror.

Darkstar
18-03-2005, 16:36:44
Access is shit compared to what? It's a lot better then many of the other offerings in its market niche. I wouldn't suggest running a serious C/S app using it, but it's alright tracking your CD collection. ;)

Venom, what are you interested in? If you expect he knows more then you, you should ask a couple of basic Access oriented questions that you know the answer for... just to spot check the guy isn't there because of the use of some basic buzz words. Then, I'd suggest something flippant... like favorite color, preferred time to work (and why), that sort of thing. Try to get a quick peek and see if the interviewie such an over-arching asshole that you wouldn't want him (or her) around. Just remember that the guy is probably sweatin on trying to make a good impression... you know, like you would if you were on the other side.

Funko
18-03-2005, 16:38:02
Originally posted by Darkstar
Access is shit compared to what? It's a lot better then many of the other offerings in its market niche. I wouldn't suggest running a serious C/S app using it, but it's alright tracking your CD collection. ;)


Exactly. People do try and do serious apps on it though. Then you are in Nightmaresville, Utah.

It's ideal for tracking your CD collection, agreed. :D

King_Ghidra
18-03-2005, 16:44:52
yes, in the civil service they had access databases with six hundred thousand records on them, all the slaughter records from the bse crisis

man it was fun pulling reports off those, it used to get to 99% in about 5 minutes and then not budge for six hours

Darkstar
18-03-2005, 16:47:01
Nightmare! You have my sympathies. Sounds like you should export that DB to something that can handle that kind of workload. But usually, there is just too much inertia and not any funding or time to do so.

Funko
18-03-2005, 16:47:51
People do it because it's cheap but for real world solutions like that you really have to pay for some proper software.

Funko
18-03-2005, 16:48:57
Originally posted by Darkstar
Nightmare! You have my sympathies. Sounds like you should export that DB to something that can handle that kind of workload. But usually, there is just too much inertia and not any funding or time to do so.

Key words are 'civil service' ie. government.

King_Ghidra
18-03-2005, 16:58:08
actually there's a great question for venom to ask:

'how would you approach the design for an access database required to handle 600000 records and provide timely reports?'

Darkstar
18-03-2005, 17:09:30
He'd get a bullshit answer. Access is meant for handling less then 100K records. MS states that all over the place. Microsoft states that if you want more then 100K records in a table, but need the DB to be just a couple of files sitting in a directory or network share, go Foxpro. Otherwise, step up to MS SQL Server.

Venom
18-03-2005, 17:11:21
Your help is appreciated but I went my own way.

And Access is shit, but if you know what you're doing and don't try to have more than a hundred thousands rows, it has its uses.

Funko
18-03-2005, 17:18:05
I think that's basically what we were saying. :)

Darkstar
18-03-2005, 17:39:47
Venom, you are welcome.

Venom
18-03-2005, 18:55:43
My SQL questions were too hard I think.

MDA
18-03-2005, 18:59:53
You should have asked why you can't just use Excel instead.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
18-03-2005, 20:10:34
What SQL questions, Venom?

Venom
18-03-2005, 20:12:23
I did what I always do when I'm outside of my comfort zone.

I stole some off the Net.

Sir Penguin
18-03-2005, 23:03:31
Like any Access programmer would know SQL. Should have gone for VB. ;)

SP

Venom
19-03-2005, 23:52:05
There was a specific reason I asked him SQL. I wanted to see what he knew about actual databases.

BigGameHunter
20-03-2005, 01:26:16
Damn...got another nerd hole here. Bring my flamethrower, Ma...they's a breedin'.

zmama
20-03-2005, 03:18:43
I had three of them! :D

Funko
21-03-2005, 09:37:54
Originally posted by Venom
There was a specific reason I asked him SQL. I wanted to see what he knew about actual databases.

If he knew anything about actual databases would he be selling himself as an Access programmer? ;)

Fistandantilus
21-03-2005, 11:13:26
LOL!

MDA
21-03-2005, 13:49:57
Originally posted by zmama
I had three of them! :D

That settles it. There's definitely a genetic risk factor. The NERD-1 gene.

Venom
21-03-2005, 19:20:41
Originally posted by Funko
If he knew anything about actual databases would he be selling himself as an Access programmer? ;)

In true resume fashion he had mentioned every database known to man.

Funko
22-03-2005, 09:17:02
:lol:

Darkstar
23-03-2005, 02:39:08
What were your SQL questions?

EVERY DATABASE? Wow. That must have been several pages long. ;)