An Insight into Competitive programming from an Ex-Googler & Former #1 Google HashCode Country Software Engineer.
This video is meant for people getting into competitive programming but are kind of confused with where to begin and lacking guidance on how to improve their programming skills.
So Basically Competitive Programming is all about utilizing your problem solving skills and logical ability to come up with a programming solution in the least possible time, this Webminar covers some insightful tips on how to nail Competitive Programming.
Also covering alot of queries candidates face while preparing for programming contests, addressing myths about whether good product based companies not considering Tier 3 colleges for recruitment's and more.
CodeChef has some quite interesting and quirky questions in their Programmer of the Month interviews. So I thought I'd re-highlight them although they stopped doing it a while ago.
Some fun highlights are quoted below:
I’d definitely be watching a movie or some sitcom. I am a big movie buff. I frequently (on weekends or on some occasion skipping classes) take a day out watching movies/show on a full trot. I, along with my friends, have planned numerous night outs where we continuously watch movies and then sleep throughout the day. - Anshuman Singh on What do you do when you're not programming?
This is going to sound a bit repetitive after Anshuman and Varun, but make that three in a row for Harry Potter; maybe there’s a connection between programming and magic? 😉 . I’ve always found...
Yesterday night I went to the nearby cyber cafe to attend the first programming contest of my life. But I had to complete the contest in 1/3 time as the cyber cafe was about to get closed by 9:00 p.m.(Don't have PC at home, this I am writing from my school lab.).
Made a new codechef account for the same purpose, settled myself on a computer with 20 mins to go for the contest.
The wait ended and and the problems flashed on the screen.
Started the first problem with full excitement. The problem was set by Udit Sanghi, and the problem statement started with something bad about schools(What else did you expected) which on one go I understood it is unsolvable for me, atleast in the given time constraints. Went for the another problem "Ant in a Box", Ahhh this was the problem I came for, but the genius inside me thought that following formulas are same
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