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What are some ways to successfully roll out changes to multiple applications/services in an ecosystem where high volumn is expected and minimize or eliminate errors.

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One techinque is to ensure that the API (contract) is versioned, another is to use markers and a load balancer to ensure that versioned services work with proper services

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Since I was interviewing with AWS, I was asked if I understood "Cloud Computing."

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Practical exercise was to demonstrate basic HTML skills

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How does a garbage collection system work? How will you prevent an object from being garbage collected? Write N-ary tree traversal code to search a node given a String key. How many JVM instances does a tomcat server have? How would it handle multiple applications with different versions of same api (for instance log4j)? Explain wait and notify. Explain Generics. What is the difference between a static class and a singleton class? Why do you want to work for Netflix?

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Do I think moving to the cloud is worth it?

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You have three boxes that are all mislabeled. One labeled "apples and oranges", one labeled "apples", and one labeled "oranges". Pulling one fruit from one box, how can you properly label all the boxes

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Are you going to like to work on projects related to launch pads?

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basically the test was a high school, entry level modest C set of 3-5 lines long questions, all in almost K&R meant to test if you knew that local variables are not initialized, to see if a for goes beyond nSize - 1, that being given a pointer you can access it using an array and other things of this sort. responses were automatically grilled (just like dmv office) and the so called "technical" recruiter was apparently computer illiterate

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Much of the technical interview was whited board based, not so much problem solving or solving a specific problem, but based on technical acumen or chops. The interviewer kept bouncing around from one subject to another without any consistency. More of a pseudo skills review.

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