Hiring guide for DRAKON-Ruby Engineers

DRAKON-Ruby Developer Hiring Guide

DRAKON-Ruby is a programming language that combines the DRAKON visual language with the Ruby scripting language. DRAKON is known for its unique approach to flowcharting and algorithm representation, aiming to make code easier to understand and errors easier to spot. It uses iconic graphics for various operations, making it more visually intuitive than traditional text-based languages. On the other hand, Ruby is a high-level scripting language that emphasizes simplicity and productivity. It has an elegant syntax that's easy to read and write. In DRAKON-Ruby, programmers can use both these features together - they can create algorithms using DRAKON's visual editor then implement them in Ruby code directly. This combination allows developers who are familiar with Ruby but want a more graphical way of representing their programs' logic flow or those who prefer coding in a more visual manner while still leveraging the power of an established text-based programming language like Ruby.

Ask the right questions secure the right DRAKON-Ruby talent among an increasingly shrinking pool of talent.

First 20 minutes

General DRAKON-Ruby app knowledge and experience

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

How would you install DRAKON-Ruby on your local machine?
You can install DRAKON-Ruby by using the command 'gem install drakon'. This command will install the latest version of DRAKON-Ruby on your machine.
What are the main components of a DRAKON diagram?
The main components of a DRAKON diagram are Header, Silhouette, Icons, and Tail.
Describe the difference between the 'gem' and 'require' commands in Ruby.
'gem' is a command used to manage Ruby libraries, while 'require' is used to include those libraries in your code.
How would you create a new DRAKON diagram in Ruby?
You can create a new DRAKON diagram by using the 'Drakon.create' method and passing in the necessary parameters.
What are the benefits of using DRAKON over traditional flowcharts in Ruby?
DRAKON offers a more visual and intuitive approach to programming. It allows for easier understanding of complex logic and is particularly useful for large projects.
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What you’re looking for early on

Does the candidate have a good understanding of DRAKON-Ruby?
Can the candidate demonstrate problem-solving skills?
Is the candidate able to communicate effectively about technical concepts?
Has the candidate shown an ability to learn new technologies quickly?

Next 20 minutes

Specific DRAKON-Ruby 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 'if-else' and 'case-when' statements in Ruby.
'if-else' is used when you have two conditions to test, while 'case-when' is used when you have multiple conditions to test.
How would you handle exceptions in DRAKON-Ruby?
In DRAKON-Ruby, you can handle exceptions using the 'rescue' keyword. You can also specify the type of exception you want to handle.
What are the different types of loops available in Ruby?
Ruby provides several types of loops including 'for', 'while', 'until', and 'loop'. Each of these loops can be used depending on the specific requirement.
Describe the difference between a class and a module in Ruby.
A class is a blueprint for creating objects, while a module is a collection of methods, constants, and other modules, which can be mixed into a class.
How would you implement inheritance in Ruby?
Inheritance in Ruby can be implemented by using the '<' operator. The class that is inheriting the properties is called the subclass, and the class it inherits from is called the superclass.
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The ideal back-end app developer

What you’re looking to see on the DRAKON-Ruby engineer at this point.

At this point, a skilled DRAKON-Ruby engineer should demonstrate strong problem-solving abilities, proficiency in DRAKON-Ruby 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 DRAKON-Ruby.

What does the following simple DRAKON-Ruby code do?
proc = proc { puts 'Hello, World!' }
This code defines a Ruby Proc object that, when called, prints 'Hello, World!' to the console. The 'proc.call' line is where the Proc object is actually being called.
What does the following DRAKON-Ruby syntax represent?
5.times do |i|
  puts i
This is a loop that executes 5 times. On each iteration, it outputs the current iteration number, starting from 0.
What does the following DRAKON-Ruby code do with an array?
array = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
array.map! { |num| num * 2 }
This code takes an array of numbers and doubles each number in the array. The 'map!' method modifies the original array.
What does the following DRAKON-Ruby code do related to threading?
threads = []
3.times do |i|
  threads << Thread.new { puts i }
This code creates 3 separate threads. Each thread prints the number of its iteration. The 'join' method is called on each thread to ensure they all complete before the main thread continues.

Wrap-up questions

Final candidate for DRAKON-Ruby 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 DRAKON-Ruby application deployments. Inquire about their experience in handling system failures and their approach to debugging and troubleshooting.

What are the different types of variables in Ruby?
Ruby has four types of variables: local variables, instance variables, class variables, and global variables.
Describe the difference between 'include' and 'extend' in Ruby.
'include' is used to add instance methods to a class, while 'extend' is used to add class methods.
How would you implement polymorphism in Ruby?
Polymorphism in Ruby can be implemented through inheritance, where a subclass overrides a method of its superclass, or through duck typing, where an object's type is defined by what it can do, not by its class.

DRAKON-Ruby application related

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