Hiring guide for FreeMat. Engineers

FreeMat. Developer Hiring Guide

FreeMat is a versatile, open-source numerical computing environment and programming language, akin to prominent software systems such as MATLAB and GNU Octave. Developed primarily by Samit Basu and released under the GPL license, FreeMat has been in active development since 2001. This high-level language is specifically designed to facilitate complex numerical computations and data visualization. It provides a flexible platform for algorithm development, scripting, data analysis, and visualization. FreeMat incorporates an array of computational tools that aid in solving linear algebraic equations, numerical integration, differentiation, interpolation, optimization problems, signal processing tasks and more. Underpinned by an extensive standard library of mathematical functions at its core, FreeMat is adept at handling intricate matrix manipulations. Its intrinsic support for vectorized operations allows efficient execution of code without the need for explicit looping structures. On

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

First 20 minutes

General FreeMat. app knowledge and experience

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

How would you install FreeMat on a Linux system?
You would download the FreeMat tarball, extract it, and then run the FreeMat binary. You may also need to install additional dependencies.
What are the basic data types in FreeMat?
The basic data types in FreeMat include integers, floating point numbers, complex numbers, strings, and arrays.
Describe the difference between a script and a function in FreeMat.
A script is a file with a sequence of commands that are executed in order. A function is a piece of code that can take inputs and return outputs, and can be called from other parts of the program.
How would you handle exceptions in FreeMat?
You can use the try-catch statement to handle exceptions in FreeMat. The code in the try block is executed, and if an error occurs, the code in the catch block is executed.
What are the uses of the 'whos' command in FreeMat?
The 'whos' command is used to display information about the variables in the workspace, including their names, sizes, and types.
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What you’re looking for early on

Does the candidate have a strong understanding of FreeMat?
Has the candidate demonstrated good problem-solving skills?
Is the candidate able to communicate effectively?
Does the candidate have experience with similar projects or tasks?

Next 20 minutes

Specific FreeMat. 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 the 'clear' and 'clc' commands in FreeMat.
The 'clear' command is used to delete variables from the workspace, while the 'clc' command is used to clear the command window.
How would you create a matrix in FreeMat?
You can create a matrix in FreeMat using the square brackets. For example, A = [1 2 3; 4 5 6; 7 8 9] creates a 3x3 matrix.
What are the uses of the 'plot' function in FreeMat?
The 'plot' function is used to create 2D plots. You can specify the x and y coordinates, the line style, the marker style, and other properties.
Describe the difference between the 'hold on' and 'hold off' commands in FreeMat.
The 'hold on' command is used to add more plots to the current figure without deleting the existing plots. The 'hold off' command is used to return to the default mode where new plots delete existing plots.
How would you solve a system of linear equations in FreeMat?
You can use the backslash operator to solve a system of linear equations in FreeMat. For example, if A is the coefficient matrix and b is the right-hand side vector, then x = A\b solves the system Ax = b.
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The ideal back-end app developer

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

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

What does this simple FreeMat code do?
a = 5; b = 7; c = a + b
This code declares two variables a and b, assigns them the values 5 and 7 respectively, and then adds these values together and assigns the result to a third variable c.
What is the output of the following FreeMat code?
x = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]; y = mean(x)
The code calculates the mean (average) of the elements in the array x. The output will be 3, which is the average of the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
What does this FreeMat code do?
m = [1, 2, 3; 4, 5, 6; 7, 8, 9]; n = m(2, :)
This code creates a 3x3 matrix 'm' and then extracts the second row of that matrix and assigns it to the variable 'n'. The value of 'n' will be [4, 5, 6].
What does this FreeMat code do?
global a; a = 5; function y = testFunc(x); global a; y = a * x; end; z = testFunc(3)
The code declares a global variable 'a' and assigns it the value 5. Then it defines a function 'testFunc' that takes an input 'x', multiplies it with the global variable 'a' and returns the result. Finally, it calls 'testFunc' with an argument of 3 and assigns the result to 'z'. The value of 'z' will be 15.

Wrap-up questions

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

What are the uses of the 'eig' function in FreeMat?
The 'eig' function is used to compute the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a matrix. It can return a vector of eigenvalues, or a matrix whose columns are the eigenvectors.
Describe the difference between the 'zeros' and 'ones' functions in FreeMat.
The 'zeros' function is used to create a matrix of zeros, while the 'ones' function is used to create a matrix of ones. Both functions take the size of the matrix as input.
How would you perform element-wise operations in FreeMat?
You can perform element-wise operations in FreeMat using the dot operators. For example, A.*B performs element-wise multiplication, and A./B performs element-wise division.

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