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Q&A Session with Amr Mahmoud
Codeforces Egypt #2
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My name is Amr Mahmoud. I'm currently studying Computer and Systems Engineering at Alexandria University. I was on the team that got the first place in Egypt National CPC, also the first place in Arab Regional CPC, and qualified to last year's ICPC in Phuket. I had an internship in Microsoft R&D lab. I'm currently doing an internship in Amazon web services.
Hey there! I’m Sumeet Varma. I am extremely interested in Algorithms and Data Structures and so I do a lot of competitive programming. I am also a big fan of Counter-Strike, Politics and reading random answers on Quora.
My team (FruitSalad) came 1st in ACM ICPC ‘17 Kharagpur Regionals, 2nd in Kolkata Regionals and 7th in India Finals and we have qualified for World Finals. Also, I have been Red on Codeforces and the highest rated Indian programmer on Codeforces, Hackerrank and Topcoder in the past.
Currently, I am doing an internship at Directi (Bangalore) as a part of my project for final semester at DA-IICT, Gandhinagar.
Ask me anything!
Moderator note: We are very excited to host Sumeet for a Q&A session! He has a max rating of 2515 on Codeforces and 2173 on TopCoder, and you can see the graph going up consistently over the last 2.5 years. It's time to find out more about the person behind ...
Thoughts on better platform for beginners: TopCoder vs CodeChef
CodeChef is probably better than TopCoder for beginners. Although there are enough practice problems of all difficulty levels on both the websites,
the Long CodeChef contest is quite a nice format. However, I’m not sure about how difficult the long contest problems are. The last time I checked (quite a while ago) they were increasing in difficulty quite rapidly.
Immediate feedback is also really nice when you are beginning. However, don’t let this get you into bad habits such as not testing your code thoroughly on your own. Everyone at TopCoder learns that skill. I did, and I appreciate it to date.
CodeChef is also a growing platform, whereas I think TopCoder SRMs is a dying platform. I owe a lot of what I have learnt to TopCoder, but it is what it is.