Interviewing a Windows Specialist: The Ultimate Checklist
Windows is one of the most commonly used operating systems; therefore, there’s a never-ending demand for Windows experts. Does your company create applications for Windows Store? If you’re going to hire a Windows programmer, feel free to refer to our checklist to determine if the candidate possesses the necessary technical skills.
Windows Expert Technical Skills Checklist
During the interview, Windows programmers should demonstrate the following technical skills:
- Experience with more than one language/rendering technologies for building apps, such as HTML/CSS/JS, C#(VB)/XAML, C++/XAML, and/or C++/DirectX.
- Familiarity with UWP Community Toolkit. UWP, or Universal Windows Platform, is the app platform for Windows 10. Apps that are developed for this platform are called UWP apps. UWP Community Toolkit provides an open-source collection of app services, custom controls, and helper functions, which simplify the UWP app development.
- Understanding of the MVVM (model-view-view-model) design pattern as the model for XAML-based application development. It is used to simplify the event-driven programming of user interfaces.
- Familiarity with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). WPF is a graphical subsystem by Microsoft that is used to render the user interface in Windows-based applications.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Visual Studio, with which Windows specialists code, test, debug, deploy, and control the quality of Windows apps.
- Proficiency in Windows Azure, Azure Mobile Services, and/or Windows Notification Service (WNS) that provide simple structured data storage, authentication across social media, and push notifications for the Windows apps.
- Understanding of Xamarin platform. Xamarin is a .NET/C#-based platform that is used for cross-platform development between Windows, Android, and iOS.
- Familiarity with mobile application development, specifically, apps for Windows Phone.
- Experience with SDK development (web services, APIs, social network integration, etc.).
- Experience in publishing applications in the Windows store.
- Understanding of hybrid application development.
- Expertise in basic UI creation frameworks.
- Knowledge of databases such as SQLite.
It may be hard to find a qualified Windows expert, but this search will end sooner or later. Follow our checklist to be sure that you hire the right candidate. Good luck!