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Yes, it might be, but we don't know because he doesn't even bother to share us his story.
Nor did he show any cooperation to solve his own problem, like sharing the information on how far he has gotten so far; assuming that he even bothered to google for an answer before coming here, which I doubt.
But if you want to take up his cause, why haven't tried to find the solution yourself instead of trying to guild-trip others into helping him? I think you're both too lazy.
I don't know a whole lot about Word - I use it, but I don't like it much. Specifically, I don't know if it imposes its own security on documents, or delegates that authority to Windows. If the latter, though, you might try copying it to a new folder which has Windows permissions set to "Everyone," then using the Properties menu for the folder, select the option to propagate permissions to all documents in the folder. Alternatively, you might format a USB device to FAT32, then store it there - FAT32 has weak or nearly non-existent security, and Windows NTFS permissions will not be preserved.
Of course, if Word implements its own security internally, you're probably screwed...
I'm in the middle of interviewing for jobs out of state. I'm traveling down to do face to face interviews next week and one of the companies has requested that I send them some sample code before hand (as in today). I'm very leary of doing this. I've heard of companies asking for code samples and then later it's found out that they have stole the code for use in their own programs.
If I do send sample code, I am making sure nothing prioritary gets sent and usernames, passwords, filepaths and server names have been renamed or removed. Let it be noted I haven't done any programming outside of work in a couple of years (busy with kids graduating from high school and getting them into college) so I would have to use some code from work.
How would you handle this? Would you send code or not?
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Thanks to all who answered. You confirmed what I was feeling leery about. I only graduated a couple of years ago so I went back and pulled some code from my last class. The only issue I had with that is the programming was done for Windows Form and the job is ASP.net. But it should give them a good example of my code skills.
If you can’t have fun at work, then why go to work?
Depending on exactly the agreement you had with your employer, I would probably not send code samples from work, since your employer probably owns them. I'd be up-front and tell the company you don't have any handy samples to send, because you honor your agreements, just as you will honor your agreement with them.
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Best of luck to you. We just got a code sample from a guy this morning. I can give you some advice as to what I looked for and the purpose of it.
He didn't have much code from his job he could provide, so he just sent a simple web scraping app catered to one website.
Now this is for someone out of school 3 years, but got his masters, too. Work experience ~3 years. What I looked for: Does he seem to know when to use access modifiers? / Not make everything public? Pass. Comments documentation? Pass, but not nearly how I like it. He will adapt. Architecture? Fail. Giant functions that look like an old script, but hiring for junior-mid level (At least I think, I don't know his salary). OO? Pass. Yes, but not nearly enough reusability. Others? Pass. Though hardcoded "select *" queries in code. I hate this, but he'll learn.
From the looks of it, I think he used a modified script from work and built an application around it. We just wanted to see if he was going to send crayon drawings or completely plagiarize. I'll put him through some tests while he's here, to see how he codes, but at least for now we know we can pay for his plane ticket. I gave the go ahead for a face to face, they are flying him in next week.
Thanks for the input. I'll keep that in mind if anyone else ask for a sample code. I may end up writing some code if no offers come from the face to face interviews.
While I'm in Florida, I have three interviews lined up. I've had four phone interviews and had three want to go to the next step. I thought that was pretty good.
I've taken some test, I'm working through recruiters since I don't know the area very well or what companies are down there. I think the thing that's helping me the most is I work for the School of Medicine and in Florida a lot of their jobs deal with the Health industry.
Good luck with your hiring process. I hope you find someone that's a great fit.
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I'm not quite sure how I would handle it. I have definitely written code, even quite large projects, for interviews, but I've never had to provide my own sample code. I'd ask what they were looking for so I'd know what to provide.
Not only is the company asking you to violate your existing employee agreement, they're putting themselves at risk of being sued. I would politely refuse and ask them to give you a programming test, or point them to any open source work or applications you've published.