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Not long ago we had a question here, what interview questions concerning hexadecimal notation and logical operators have to do with 'real world programs'.
I must admit, I was a little shocked. In my 'real world' that's something so basic, it's not worth mentioning. It was, in fact, the first thing I ever did on a computer and last weekend I started to write some assembly code for my old computer.
It's going to be a game, a remake of a badly programmed game that fell into my hands 35 years ago. Not only did it use preposterous 8k memory, it also made no good use of the already spartan graphics.
Here are two of my main antagonists as bit patterns. Each pattern is 16 bits wide and each bit encodes a pixel directly. These pixels are twice as wide as they are high and (obviously) monochrome.
Can you take the hexadecimal patterns, draw them on a piece of paper and (hopefully) tell me what they are supposed to represent?
I made the patterns without writing them down, so please tell me any errors or improvements you can find. And the logical operations will be needed to place them into the video buffer at any place I want to show them.
"I don't know, extraterrestrial?"
"You mean like from space?"
"No, from Canada."
If software development were a circus, we would all be the clowns.
I'm looking at some 3rd party documentation and trying to figure out what their database platform is (I'm guessing the doc I'm looking at is some kind of Apache/Maven type affair but I'm pretty much a 100% SQLServer guy so I'm not at all sure).
1.3 Archetype Definitions (Attributes)
[Eight column table - AttributeId, Caption, Data Type, Access Type, Default Value, Supports FTS, Multiline, NotesMultiline? That sounds like a non-stop source of pleasure!]
1.4 Query/Quick Find/Sort Definition
No Query/Quick Find/Sort Information is defined
No Indexes are defined (that's always promising!)
Data types mentioned include RELATIONSHIP (please God, be a real life foreign key), DATE, BOOLEAN, STRING(n), NARRATIVE, MONEY, DECIMAL(n,n), GUID, DATETIME and AUTONUMBER (when I Googled AUTONUMBER, I just got loads of results for Access but thankfully, it doesn't seem to be that!)
Does anyone recognise the doc format or have any idea what the underlying database might be?
"If nominated I'll decline. If drafted I'll defer. And if elected I'll resign." (Alex Salmond, a month before he became leader of the Scottish National Party). He was echoing "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president." -- General William Tecumseh Sherman.
I'm a little more honest than most politicos!
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...