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How do I tech out a prospective programmer?

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I would like to put together a list of about 10 questions for hiring a pretty advanced VB.NET and ADO.NET programmer. I am not very technical. Would have anyone have some questions that I can use? Also a few for SQL as well.
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IMO it don't exist. For
(1) .net remains vaporware
(won't know just what skillset has the most value for awhile)
(2) existing lists of questions, such as in certification arena have little to do with the real world
(hiring priority of experience should go to 'real world' not to classroom test-passing skill)
(3) you can be all too easily fooled
(you want evaluate for advanced individual, but are not technical)

Here is my answer: "Give up"

Here is my recommend:

a) Skip the language on .net. Reasoning, is that once you can identify a person that is technically advanced in programming, such a person can adapt to another language or feature or whatever (such as .net)

b) Ask similar question in the VB Topic Area. It is very popular, much more so than this TA. So you can both get more responses and also more technical - on-topic responses.

c) Same for SQL. Please note that there are different mfr's where this can lead to a different behavior between them. I assume you'd want the one below. Since there are subtle differences, your task may become easier if more focused on the differences (finding people more knowledgeable and advanced as well, and experienced enough to know what does and does not work in their real-world environment):

http://www.experts-exchange.com/mssql/

d) if your task does have to focus on .net, heed me not, try posting here:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/dot_net/
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Thanx,        and          Good Luck
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