• (disco)

    Ah, I remember my first job interview. It basically went like this:

    Hi Ben, thanks for the application. Wanna work on the site?


    Ok, you're hired. Here's the information for how to join the meeting on Monday.

  • (disco)

    I have this feeling that this is an old article.

    Paula has a brain of her own! She's running loose and posting old content.

    Will someone please contain her? She's a serious threat!

  • (disco) in reply to kt_

    Yeah, I remember reading this article years ago.

  • (disco) in reply to LB_

    Yep, sounds quite similar to me too.

    Anyway, I feel this pain too:

    the written test to see if you can do a ten line program that you had as a homework assignment back in CS102, the keep-guessing-until-you-come-up-with-the-solution-I'm-thinking-of torture test

  • (disco)

    Found it:


    I kinda like the flavor of the old one better.

    <!-- @snoofle -->
  • (disco) in reply to LB_
    years ago.

    Technically you're right, as it was more than 1 year ago

  • (disco) in reply to ben_lubar

    Article from a year ago... With no responses?

  • (disco) in reply to WernerCD
    With no responses?

    Or the responses were in another castle thread.

  • (disco) in reply to dkf

    Oh good. We're going multithreaded now. Have you even considered synchronisation? If you're an English major, you should be able to write a soliloquy on the subject.

  • (disco) in reply to ben_lubar

    Aww, Ben got a grown up job that doesn't involve sexually assaulting cats? I'm so proud of you!

  • (disco) in reply to Cheater
    *Technically* you're right, as it was more than 1 year ago
    I have a poor sense of time.
  • (disco)

    My answer would be simple "Don't try to compare apples with oranges".

  • (disco) in reply to Eldelshell

    Scary how many people can't do it at all.

  • (disco)

    Easy. While we can't make a direct comparison between specific items in group A to group B, what we can do is look at individual items and think about how they can be seen as white or black box testing. In this way we can say that both integration and differentiation can be seen as both white or black box testing depending on our chose method.

    Take differentiation as an example. If we don't know the function we can still differentiate over it using the "delta" method. If all we have is access to the f(x) aspect of the differentiate , differentiation is easy by doing just (f(x+dx)-f(x))/dx. This is just like black box testing. On the other hand, we can get much more exact results, and understand the function and it's derivative. This method is like when we do f(x) = x^2 => f'(x) = 2*x. This is like white box testing.

    We see similar methods can be applied to integration. Where methods like the rectangular integration method stands in for black box testing, while a more exact calculus-based approach stands in for white box testing.

  • (disco) in reply to cheong

    Oh, yeah? Well, then: http://www.improbable.com/airchives/paperair/volume1/v1i3/air-1-3-apples.html

    So there.

    Anyways, the NSFW + not PC possibilities when comparing integration vs differentiation to Black vs. White are frightening.

  • (disco) in reply to cheong

    Funny, that is actually how I describe my job function to people. I tell them I make apples look like oranges so we can compare them.

  • (disco)

    Well, derivation is like white-box testing. You start with an equation and the derivation operation produces an exact equation describing the output. On the other hand, integration is like black box testing, in that the output equation always contains an unknown component. Just as with a black box, where we can test and never really determine with certainty whether the black box will perform correctly for all our possible inputs.

  • Gregers (unregistered)

    Isn't this pretty much this story?


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