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by katastrofa
December 26th, 2007, 10:13 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: 2008 might not be as bad as you fear
Replies: 6
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2008 might not be as bad as you fear

<t>2008 will not be a bad year for me, surely - I'm starting my first quant job in March Moreover, this is a CDO job.Shouldn't we worry about this, however: "Analysts say commodities, distressed debt and restructuring are among businesses likely to steal the limelight -- and staff -- next year and f...
by katastrofa
December 23rd, 2007, 9:25 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: how much c++ do quants REALLY need to know?
Replies: 46
Views: 65217

how much c++ do quants REALLY need to know?

<r>QuoteQuite shocking that people accept this. There are s/w tools on the market to find leaks, and don't forget the smart pointersYou misunderstood. This is not a statement that you should accept memory leaks. This explains it better than I will: <URL url="http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/Le...
by katastrofa
December 23rd, 2007, 2:30 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: how much c++ do quants REALLY need to know?
Replies: 46
Views: 65217

how much c++ do quants REALLY need to know?

<t>QuoteSure, but you would have to do that anyway.What if you want to add a new algorithm just for the sake of one of the objects? You end up with writing useless code, because you did not foresee that one object will require slightly different treatment than the rest. In other words, Visitor will ...
by katastrofa
December 22nd, 2007, 8:13 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: how much c++ do quants REALLY need to know?
Replies: 46
Views: 65217

how much c++ do quants REALLY need to know?

Visitor has one flaw: it is easy to expand when you want to change or add some algorithms. However, if you want to add another object on which your algorithms act, then you need to modify each of the algorithms. Also, you need to define the algorithm for each of the objects.
by katastrofa
December 21st, 2007, 7:59 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Mathematics Interview Questions (Quant)
Replies: 27
Views: 63506

Mathematics Interview Questions (Quant)

Robert Brown's dead too, so what?
by katastrofa
December 21st, 2007, 7:04 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: how much c++ do quants REALLY need to know?
Replies: 46
Views: 65217

how much c++ do quants REALLY need to know?

<t>OK, but what is the use of having virtual functions without a clear idea of how to use them (i.e. design)? On their own, virtual functions are a performance drain. To profit from them, you have to design your program accordingly. In other words, if someone knows what is a virtual function but doe...
by katastrofa
December 20th, 2007, 4:34 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Object Oriented Programming in C++
Replies: 22
Views: 62948

Object Oriented Programming in C++

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: Cuchulainn Why accept that s/w has bugs in the first place? It takes so long to find and resolve them?It's practically impossible to write nontrivial software without creating bugs along the way. And fixing bugs sometimes may lead to new bugs... it's a neverending story...
by katastrofa
December 19th, 2007, 4:41 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: how much c++ do quants REALLY need to know?
Replies: 46
Views: 65217

how much c++ do quants REALLY need to know?

<t>@ArthurDentThat is my objection to someone who says "go learn design patterns", or go "learn stochastic differential equations", without saying "enough of it to understand X or solve Y".Well, my answer was "go read "Design patterns". I didn't say one should know the whole book by heart, it would ...
by katastrofa
December 19th, 2007, 1:19 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: how much c++ do quants REALLY need to know?
Replies: 46
Views: 65217

how much c++ do quants REALLY need to know?

It is also good to know how various C++ features can be dangerous to you. For example, why operator overloading should be used with caution (and why having operator[][] to access matrix classes is not, in many cases, such a brilliant idea as it seems at first).
by katastrofa
December 19th, 2007, 1:14 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Object Oriented Programming in C++
Replies: 22
Views: 62948

Object Oriented Programming in C++

QuoteOriginally posted by: ArthurDentGang of Four is a good way of falling asleep. That one book is so dull, words cannot describe it.Umm, it's not that bad, actually. But yes, one should read it after coding in C++ for a while, to be able to appreciate the profit from using these patterns.
by katastrofa
December 18th, 2007, 9:01 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Object Oriented Programming in C++
Replies: 22
Views: 62948

Object Oriented Programming in C++

He should read "Design patterns : elements of reusable object-oriented software", by Gamma, Helm, Johnson and Vlissides.
by katastrofa
December 17th, 2007, 8:25 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Cost of living in London
Replies: 42
Views: 65378

Cost of living in London

Aren't council houses also worth millions of pounds? ;-)
by katastrofa
December 14th, 2007, 6:28 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Cost of living in London
Replies: 42
Views: 65378

Cost of living in London

QuoteOriginally posted by: chriscolumbusWhy are ground floor apartments a problem?Risk of break-in.
by katastrofa
December 12th, 2007, 6:30 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Should I start again and do a part-time BSC in Maths
Replies: 31
Views: 73283

Should I start again and do a part-time BSC in Maths

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: dibble-- It was a real shock in the beginning. After that period the maths started to become easier. Yes, a truly beautiful momentOh, I remember my first encounter with university-level mathematical analysis -- at first I felt as if I was travelling through dense mist, ...
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