Hiring guide for Hope Engineers

Hope Developer Hiring Guide

Hope is a functional programming language that was developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It is known for being one of the first programming languages to adopt algebraic data types, pattern matching, and recursion as fundamental features. The language was named after Hope Park Square in Edinburgh, where it was designed. Hope's key feature is its emphasis on simplicity and mathematical purity over procedural coding practices. This makes it ideal for formal verification tasks or mathematical computations but less suitable for general-purpose software development. The language uses strict evaluation by default but also supports lazy evaluation through the use of streams. It does not support mutation or assignment statements which are common in other languages like C++ or Java. While Hope has been largely superseded by more modern functional programming languages such as Haskell, ML or Scala; its influence can still be seen today particularly with regards to pattern matching and algebraic data types.

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

First 20 minutes

General Hope app knowledge and experience

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

How would you describe the syntax of Hope programming language?
Hope programming language has a unique syntax that is based on the use of patterns and recursive functions. It uses a simple and clean syntax that is easy to understand and write. It supports higher-order functions and has a strong type system.
What are the main data types in Hope?
The main data types in Hope are integers, real numbers, boolean, characters, and lists. It also supports user-defined types.
Describe the difference between currying and partial application in Hope.
Currying is a technique in which a function with multiple arguments is transformed into a sequence of functions, each with a single argument. Partial application on the other hand, is a technique in which a function is applied to its arguments one at a time, until all the arguments have been applied.
How would you handle errors in Hope?
Error handling in Hope is done through the use of exceptions. When an error occurs, an exception is thrown, which can then be caught and handled appropriately.
What are the benefits of using Hope over other programming languages?
Hope has a number of benefits over other programming languages. It has a simple and clean syntax, it supports higher-order functions, and it has a strong type system. It is also a purely functional programming language, which makes it easier to reason about the behavior of a program.
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What you’re looking for early on

Does the candidate demonstrate a strong understanding of Hope language?
Has the candidate shown problem-solving skills during the interview?
Is the candidate able to communicate effectively?
Does the candidate have relevant experience or projects?

Next 20 minutes

Specific Hope 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.

How would you write a recursive function in Hope?
In Hope, a recursive function is written by defining a function that calls itself. This is done by using the 'letrec' keyword to define the function, and then using the function's name to call it within its own body.
What are the key features of functional programming in Hope?
The key features of functional programming in Hope include higher-order functions, pure functions, immutability, and recursion. Hope also supports pattern matching and has a strong type system.
Describe the difference between a pure function and a side-effecting function in Hope.
A pure function is a function that always produces the same output given the same input and does not have any side effects. A side-effecting function, on the other hand, can produce different outputs given the same input, and can have side effects such as modifying global variables or producing output.
How would you implement higher-order functions in Hope?
Higher-order functions in Hope are implemented by defining functions that can take other functions as arguments and/or return functions as results. This is done by using the 'fun' keyword to define the function, and then specifying the function type in the function's type signature.
What are the uses of pattern matching in Hope?
Pattern matching in Hope is used to destructure data types and to control the flow of a program. It allows the programmer to match on the structure of data and execute different code depending on the match.
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The ideal back-end app developer

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

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

What does the following simple Hope code do?
def addNumbers(a, b):
   return a + b

print(addNumbers(1, 2))
This Hope code defines a function called 'addNumbers' that takes two parameters, 'a' and 'b', and returns the sum of 'a' and 'b'. The function is then called with the arguments 1 and 2, and the result, which is 3, is printed to the console.
What does the following Hope code do?
x = 10
if x > 5:
  print('x is greater than 5')
  print('x is not greater than 5')
This Hope code declares a variable 'x' with a value of 10. It then uses an if-else statement to check if 'x' is greater than 5. If 'x' is greater than 5, it prints 'x is greater than 5'. Otherwise, it prints 'x is not greater than 5'. In this case, since 'x' is 10, it prints 'x is greater than 5'.
What does the following Hope code do?
numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
def square(n):
  return n ** 2

squares = map(square, numbers)
This Hope code first declares an array of numbers from 1 to 5. It then defines a function called 'square' that takes a number 'n' and returns the square of 'n'. The 'map' function is then used to apply the 'square' function to each element in the 'numbers' array. The result is a new array of the squares of the numbers from 1 to 5, which is printed to the console.
What will be the output of the following Hope code?
from threading import Thread

def printNumbers():
  for i in range(1, 6):

The output of this Hope code is not deterministic due to the nature of threading. It starts a new thread that runs the 'printNumbers' function, which prints the numbers from 1 to 5. However, because the thread runs concurrently with the main thread, the exact order in which the numbers are printed may vary each time the code is run.

Wrap-up questions

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

How would you define and use a list in Hope?
In Hope, a list is defined using square brackets and commas to separate the elements. Lists can be used in a variety of ways, such as for storing and manipulating collections of data.
Describe the difference between 'let' and 'letrec' in Hope.
'let' and 'letrec' are both used to bind variables in Hope. The difference is that 'let' does not allow for recursive definitions, whereas 'letrec' does.
How would you implement a type system in Hope?
The type system in Hope is implemented using type signatures. A type signature is a statement that defines the type of a function or a variable. It is used to enforce the type safety of the program.

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