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I ask for the best and worst code, specifically. And if they say no ask them to describe the code: why is it good? Why is it bad?

Once they showed me the "best" code and it was a mess. Okay, that's not a show-stopper as there could be perfectly valid reasons for that. Then they showed me the "worst" code and it was actually a bit better, but the guy said "yeah, it's not good; we're missing public/private on a lot of classes".

I had trouble not laughing.

The code itself isn't all that important. It's what they say about it. Bad code? That's okay, I worked with a lot of bad code. But if you don't realize you have bad code and think that is the biggest issue ... yeah....

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