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Aron Giles
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I made you something.  It's just for you.

I love working at Google.  It's so much fun to give more than a billion people a little gift.

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The WSJ is one of those publications that always seems to have such great insights - until they talk about something you actually have familiarity with and you realize they are just making up nonsense.

If you want to get a job at Google you should have a solid understanding of computer science fundamentals, practice coding on a whiteboard, and practice explaining answers to technical questions to someone.

The questions in that article sound nothing like anything that would ever be asked of a potential engineer. (with the possible exception of "What's the most efficient way to sort a million 32-bit integers?", that seems like a reasonable question although a tad simple)
Are you a software engineer? Do you want to work at Google? If so, ignore this WSJ article, and ignore the book it comes from, titled "Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?" The article (and I'm presuming the book) is full of assertions that Just Ain't True about the sort of questions you get asked at a Google engineering interview (I don't know anything about hiring for other positions, such as Sales or Product Management, so it might be more true there -- but I wouldn't know.)

Don't worry about figuring how to escape from a blender, or dividing treasure among infinitely-rational pirates, or why manhole covers are round. Instead, study the things that might actually be useful in your job: algorithms, data structures, medium-to-large-scale systems design, testing, debugging, parallel programming, operating systems, and most importantly how to code. (Oh, and practice writing code on a whiteboard, especially if you've not done it before.)

Another pro tip: if you find a supposed Google Engineering Interview Question in the pages of a major newspaper or book, it's probably not one you'll actually be asked, because we pay attention to that sort of thing. :) Most of the questions you might see in books are either 1) apocryphal in the first place, 2) questions misattributed to Google that were actually asked at some other company, or 3) really old questions that noone has asked in years, precisely because they became too well-known to be useful. ("What's the most efficient way to sort a million 32-bit integers?" isn't a bad question, except that it's been printed and reprinted a thousand times.)

For more detailed useful advice on doing a Google software interview, you should read +Steve Yegge's blog article, "Get that job at Google":
http://steve-yegge.blogspot.com/2008/03/get-that-job-at-google.html

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Here is something I worked on. :)

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Good thing Ebby didn't disable reshares on this post so I can still share it with the world! :)
By popular demand, we’re rolling out a feature that lets you disable comments and lock your posts before sharing to the Google+ stream. Watch the video to see how it works, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Hi! My name is Ebby and I’m an engineer on the Google+ Sharing team.

One of my favorite parts about Google+ is how circles help me control who I share things with. And if I want to go a step further, I can do things like disable comments, or lock my post to make sure no one reshares it.

We've heard from many of you that you want these disable and lock options before you share, not after. So today I'm happy to say that we're doing exactly that. Let me show you how it works.

Say I want to share this picture from my friend's party. As usual, I choose the circles I want to share with. But as I hover over the sharebox, you’ll notice I can now disable comments and lock the post -- before sharing to the Stream.

We hope these features help you feel even more secure about sharing on Google+. We'll keep listening, and rolling out more improvements in the coming weeks and months, so let us know what you think!

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Ebby is looking for some cool feature ideas. If you have been dieing to see Google+ sharing do something in particular you should let him know about it!
As an engineer working on the Google+ Sharebox (the box I'm typing into right now!), I'd like to ask:

How would you improve the Google+ sharing experience?

This could include your experience with:
- Composing new updates
- Attaching photos, videos, and links
- Specifying who you want to share with, or
- Headaches you encounters while sharing

We look forward to hearing your feedback!

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