Mark M. Hoffman on 11 Feb 2009 05:51:39 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] OT (but not really): Tough Interview questions

Hi all:

> On Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 12:37 AM, Mag Gam <> wrote:
> > Since the economy has crippled, I am certain Tech people have been
> > feeling the crunch since most of us are considered costs rather than
> > an assets. For those who have been looking for positions, I am curious
> > what are some tough technical questions you were stumped at and for
> > what position.
> >
> > For instance, I had a client as me over the telephone:
> > What is ELF and how does it differ from other formats?  -- Unix related position

* Toby DiPasquale <> [2009-02-11 07:26:12 -0500]:
> Executable and Linking Format. Designed for the "next-gen" UNIX
> executables which allow shared libraries and dynamically loading code
> (a.out format did not allow for that). Other formats of this nature
> are PE (Windows), DWARF (embedded stuff, iPhone) or Mach-O "fat" (Mac
> OS X) binary formats.

OBTW/pedantic: DWARF is not quite in the same class as the others.  It's
specifically for debugging info, which rides along in the ELF file itself.


Mark M. Hoffman

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