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Algorithm of the Day #2566

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Algorithm of the Day #2566

Jeff interviewed for a position at my workplace yesterday. He worked through the challenge problems with a language that he’s just learning – a bit of a risk, though it was more fun for him than to use plain old Java.

It didn’t work out for him, unfortunately, and afterwards he went back and solved the problem on his own as elegantly as he could. Today at lunch, as we sat by the water, he explained to me how his algorithm works. It’s written in Clojure, which I’m told is very much like Lisp, and the style of language is so very different from any other language I’ve seen in common use. At first glance I could barely understand any of it, and that was a little bewildering; I’ve gotten used to a particular family of languages that all work similarly. It’s good to be reminded how much there is left to learn.

Jeff will not be joining me at work, sadly, but he seemed to take the whole experience in good stride. He’s a brilliant sort, and soon someone with money to throw at him will appreciate that.

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Written by Umbrella Man

October 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm

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