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Archive for July 10th, 2013

My Next Response to a Job Application Question, this time about Diagnosing System Performance Issues

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As I recently posted, I’m applying for a job with CSIS to potentially be in the role of a Programmer/Analyst.  And I think several of the answers I’m giving to questions that they have may be valuable to others in understanding real life work in computer science.

Here is my response to the question:

Often when an application appears slow, a database programmer/analyst is tasked to analyze the underlying problem and make a determination if it is being caused by the database code or something else. Describe the tools, techniques and experience you have used from your own work history to diagnose a similar problem in the past.

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July 10th, 2013 at 8:10 am

My Response to a Job Application Question about Developing Reports from Databases

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While my major focus right now is on getting up and running the Highlands Community Charter and Technical Schools, as that is the most likely place that I will be able to obtain employment, I am also applying to a few other jobs that are within the scope of my “usual” employment.   One of these is for the position of a programmer/analyst with CSIS.  (Yes, the same CSIS that I’ve been talking about in my past posts.)  I generally try to answer these types of questions in an educational manner, such that it not only talks about the experience that I have, but also clearly demonstrates my knowledge.   Because of this, I thought that some of these answers are worthwhile sharing here, as they can help others to understand some of the skills and processes used in real-world computer science.  So I will be writing a series of blog articles that contain my answers.

The first question I will address is:

Describe your experience in the creation and maintenance of online or batch report development. Be specific as to the technologies used, the role(s) that you performed, and your deliverables.

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July 10th, 2013 at 7:05 am