Hiring guide for Ada 2005Y3 Engineers

Ada 2005Y3 Developer Hiring Guide

The Ada 2005Y3 is a high-level computer programming language, developed in the mid-1970s by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Named after Ada Lovelace, often regarded as the first computer programmer, it was designed to supersede over 450 programming languages used by the DoD at the time. Ada is renowned for its strong typing, structured design, and emphasis on safety and maintainability. It is widely used in systems where reliability and efficiency are crucial, such as avionics and defense systems. Despite its age, Ada continues to evolve with the latest version being Ada 2012, demonstrating its enduring relevance in the field of software engineering.

Ask the right questions secure the right Ada 2005Y3 talent among an increasingly shrinking pool of talent.

First 20 minutes

General Ada 2005Y3 app knowledge and experience

The first 20 minutes of the interview should seek to understand the candidate's general background in Ada 2005Y3 application development, including their experience with various programming languages, databases, and their approach to designing scalable and maintainable systems.

How would you define the Ada programming language?
Ada is a structured, statically typed, imperative, and object-oriented high-level computer programming language, extended from Pascal and other languages. It has built-in language support for design-by-contract, extremely strong typing, explicit concurrency, tasks, synchronous message passing, protected objects, and non-determinism.
What are the key features of Ada 2005?
Ada 2005 introduced several new features including object-oriented programming enhancements, real-time systems support, improved exception handling, and enhanced generics.
Describe the difference between Ada 95 and Ada 2005.
Ada 2005 introduced several enhancements over Ada 95, including improvements to object-oriented programming, real-time systems support, exception handling, and generics. It also introduced new features like interface types, anonymous access types, and improved concurrency and synchronization capabilities.
How would you handle exceptions in Ada 2005?
In Ada 2005, exceptions are handled using the keywords 'begin', 'exception', and 'when'. The 'begin' block contains the code that might raise an exception, the 'exception' block contains handlers for the exceptions, and the 'when' keyword is used to specify different handlers for different exceptions.
What are the concurrency features in Ada 2005?
Ada 2005 provides extensive support for concurrent and real-time programming. It includes features like tasks for concurrent execution, protected objects for mutual exclusion, and real-time scheduling capabilities.
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What you’re looking for early on

Does the candidate have a solid understanding of Ada 2005Y3?
Has the candidate demonstrated problem-solving skills?
Is the candidate able to communicate effectively?
Does the candidate have experience with similar projects?

Next 20 minutes

Specific Ada 2005Y3 development questions

The next 20 minutes of the interview should focus on the candidate's expertise with specific backend frameworks, their understanding of RESTful APIs, and their experience in handling data storage and retrieval efficiently.

Describe the difference between tasks and protected objects in Ada 2005.
Tasks in Ada 2005 are used for concurrent execution of code, while protected objects are used to ensure mutual exclusion, i.e., only one task can access the object at a time, which is useful in multi-tasking environments to avoid race conditions.
How would you implement generics in Ada 2005?
Generics in Ada 2005 are implemented using the 'generic' keyword, followed by the generic formal parameters, and then the unit specification. This allows for code reusability and type safety.
What are the advantages of strong typing in Ada 2005?
Strong typing in Ada 2005 helps catch errors at compile-time rather than at run-time. It enforces type safety by ensuring that an operation is only performed on data that is appropriate for it.
Describe the difference between access types and anonymous access types in Ada 2005.
Access types in Ada 2005 are similar to pointers in other languages, while anonymous access types are a way to declare access types without a name. Anonymous access types are particularly useful for defining single-use access types in the specification of a subprogram or package.
How would you use interface types in Ada 2005?
Interface types in Ada 2005 are used to define a set of operations that a tagged type must provide. They are similar to interfaces in other object-oriented languages and are used to provide multiple inheritance.
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The ideal back-end app developer

What you’re looking to see on the Ada 2005Y3 engineer at this point.

At this point, a skilled Ada 2005Y3 engineer should demonstrate strong problem-solving abilities, proficiency in Ada 2005Y3 programming language, and knowledge of software development methodologies. Red flags include lack of hands-on experience, inability to articulate complex concepts, or unfamiliarity with standard coding practices.

Digging deeper

Code questions

These will help you see the candidate's real-world development capabilities with Ada 2005Y3.

What does this basic Ada code do?
with Ada.Text_IO; use Ada.Text_IO; procedure Hello is begin Put_Line ('Hello, world!'); end Hello;
This is a basic 'Hello, World!' program in Ada. It uses the Ada.Text_IO package to print 'Hello, world!' to the standard output.
What does this Ada code snippet do?
procedure P is X, Y, Z : Integer; begin X := 10; Y := 20; Z := X + Y; end P;
This code declares a procedure named P. Inside this procedure, it declares three integer variables: X, Y, and Z. It then assigns the values 10 and 20 to X and Y respectively. Finally, it calculates the sum of X and Y and assigns it to Z.
What will be the output of this Ada code that manipulates an array?
with Ada.Text_IO; use Ada.Text_IO; procedure Array_Print is type Int_Array is array (1 .. 5) of Integer; A : Int_Array := (1, 2, 3, 4, 5); begin for I in A'Range loop Put (Integer'Image(A(I))); end loop; end Array_Print;
This code will print the integers 1 through 5, each on a new line. It defines an array of integers, initializes it with the numbers 1 through 5, and then loops through the array, printing each element.
What does this Ada code snippet do that involves tasking or concurrency?
task body My_Task is begin delay 1.0; end My_Task; begin null; end;
This code defines a concurrent task named My_Task. The body of the task waits for 1 second (delay 1.0), and then the task ends. The main program does nothing (null) and then ends.

Wrap-up questions

Final candidate for Ada 2005Y3 Developer role questions

The final few questions should evaluate the candidate's teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills. Additionally, assess their knowledge of microservices architecture, serverless computing, and how they handle Ada 2005Y3 application deployments. Inquire about their experience in handling system failures and their approach to debugging and troubleshooting.

What are the key principles of design-by-contract in Ada 2005?
Design-by-contract in Ada 2005 is a technique where the interaction between a subprogram and its caller is defined in terms of preconditions, postconditions, and invariants. This helps in ensuring program correctness.
Describe the difference between definite and indefinite types in Ada 2005.
Definite types in Ada 2005 are those types for which the compiler can automatically initialize objects, while indefinite types are those for which it cannot. For example, arrays with a range constraint are definite, while those without are indefinite.
How would you implement multi-threading in Ada 2005?
Multi-threading in Ada 2005 is implemented using tasks. Each task is a separate thread of execution and the Ada runtime system automatically handles the scheduling and synchronization of tasks.

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