Hiring guide for eC Engineers

eC Developer Hiring Guide

eC is an object-oriented programming language that is part of the Ecere SDK (Software Development Kit). It is a high-level language that shares similarities with C and C++, being syntactically similar to C but with added features like classes, properties, and automatic garbage collection. eC is designed to be easy to learn and use, making it suitable for beginners while still offering advanced features for experienced programmers. It's used in application development, 3D graphics programming, game development, and system programming. The Ecere SDK also includes an integrated development environment (IDE) which supports eC programming.

Ask the right questions secure the right eC talent among an increasingly shrinking pool of talent.

First 20 minutes

General eC app knowledge and experience

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

How would you describe the basic syntax of eC?
eC syntax is quite similar to C, with a few object-oriented features. It includes class definitions, instance variables, methods, inheritance, and interfaces. It also supports features like properties, events, and delegates.
What are some of the major features of eC?
eC has several major features including a rich set of data types, operator overloading, automatic garbage collection, exception handling, and support for multi-threading.
Describe the difference between eC and C++.
While both eC and C++ are object-oriented languages, eC is simpler and easier to learn and use. eC also includes automatic garbage collection and has more robust built-in support for threading and event handling.
How would you handle exceptions in eC?
eC has built-in support for exception handling. You can use the try-catch-finally construct to catch exceptions, handle them, and clean up resources.
What are the steps you would take to debug a program in eC?
I would use a debugger like GDB or LLDB, set breakpoints, inspect the call stack and variables, and step through the code to find the source of the problem.
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What you’re looking for early on

Does the candidate possess strong technical skills?
Have they shown problem-solving abilities?
Do they have relevant experience?
Are they a good cultural fit?

Next 20 minutes

Specific eC 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 a class and an interface in eC.
A class is a blueprint for creating objects and can include fields, methods, and constructors. An interface is a contract for what a class should do, but does not provide any implementation.
How would you implement multithreading in eC?
eC has built-in support for multithreading. You can use the Thread class to create new threads, and the Monitor class to synchronize access to shared resources.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of using eC compared to other programming languages?
Advantages of eC include its simplicity, robustness, and built-in support for features like multithreading and garbage collection. Disadvantages may include a smaller community and fewer resources compared to more popular languages.
How would you implement operator overloading in eC?
You can overload operators in eC by defining a method in your class with the same name as the operator, and the keyword 'operator' before it.
Describe the difference between static and dynamic typing in eC.
Static typing means that the type of a variable is known at compile time. Dynamic typing means that the type can change at runtime. eC supports both static and dynamic typing.
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The ideal back-end app developer

What you’re looking to see on the eC engineer at this point.

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

What does the following simple JavaScript code do?
let x = 10;
let y = '5';
let z = x + y;
This code concatenates the string '5' with the number 10, resulting in the string '105'. JavaScript performs type coercion in the '+' operation when one of the operands is a string.
What will be the output of the following JavaScript code?
let x = '100';
let y = '10';
let z = x / y;
The output will be 10. JavaScript performs type coercion in the '/' operation, converting the strings to numbers before performing the division.
What does the following JavaScript code do?
let arr = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];
let sum = arr.reduce((a, b) => a + b, 0);
This code calculates the sum of all numbers in the array. The reduce() method applies a function against an accumulator and each element in the array (from left to right) to reduce it to a single output value.
What does the following JavaScript code do?
let promise = new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
  setTimeout(() => resolve('done!'), 1000);
This code creates a new Promise that resolves with the value 'done!' after 1 second. Promises are used to handle asynchronous operations in JavaScript.

Wrap-up questions

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

How would you manage memory in eC?
eC has automatic garbage collection, so you don't have to manually free up memory. However, you can still use the 'delete' keyword to explicitly free memory if necessary.
What are some best practices for writing efficient and maintainable eC code?
Some best practices include following a consistent coding style, using meaningful names for variables and methods, documenting your code, and keeping methods short and simple.
Describe the difference between inheritance and composition in eC.
Inheritance is a 'is-a' relationship where a subclass inherits from a superclass. Composition is a 'has-a' relationship where a class includes another class as a field.

eC application related

Product Perfect's eC development capabilities

Beyond hiring for your eC engineering team, you may be in the market for additional help. Product Perfect provides seasoned expertise in eC projects, and can engage in multiple capacities.