Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job

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Everything you need to know to survive the programmer's interview and get the job you wantWhether you are a veteran programmer seeking a new position, or a whiz-kid starting your first job search, interviewing for a programming job requires special preparation. The interviewer will present you with several challenging programming problems, and give you an hour or so to find the most elegant and economical solutions while being watched the entire time. This helpful guide will give you the tools necessary to breeze...
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Everything you need to know to survive the programmer's interview and get the job you wantWhether you are a veteran programmer seeking a new position, or a whiz-kid starting your first job search, interviewing for a programming job requires special preparation. The interviewer will present you with several challenging programming problems, and give you an hour or so to find the most elegant and economical solutions while being watched the entire time. This helpful guide will give you the tools necessary to breeze through the test and make a lasting impression that will land you the job! Readers will learn how to ask effective questions, how to decide what language to code in, and how to choose the best approach to solving a problem. Included are 50 interview problems and in-depth analysis of the possible solutions.
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Interviewing doesn't comes naturally to every programmer. But a programming interview typically involves even more than the "typical" job interview: You must demonstrate your creativity in solving technical problems under pressure. Thankfully, there's a start-to-finish guide to doing just that. If you're pursuing a career in software development, Programming Interviews Exposed, Second Edition could be the most valuable book you ever read.

The authors first help you make it past the screeners (including "sanitizing" your online footprint, so you're not weeded out for reasons unrelated to technical competence). Next, you'll take a closer look at the interviewing process, from preliminary interviews to half-day or full-day on-site interviews. Then, the authors turn to the meat of the on-site interview: the coding questions that are carefully designed to make or break you. What does the interviewer want to see? What thought processes should you follow, and how do you make your thinking "visible"?

Then, they turn to the programming problems themselves. This is the material that made the first edition of Programming Interviews Exposed an underground classic, and it's been thoroughly revised in this new edition. You'll find "brain teasers," solutions, and thought processes for a wide variety of programming tasks, from linked lists to arrays, recursion to concurrency, objects to databases. You'll find counting and spatial puzzles, knowledge-based questions, and a full chapter of non-technical questions, too. What side insights or elegant "special case" solutions will make you look especially knowledgeable? Where are the interviewers looking for you to trip up? You won't find this information anywhere else. Can you afford to interview without it? Bill Camarda, from the June 2007 Read Only

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Although designed for computer science undergraduates, this odd but intriguing book will find a broader readership because of its interesting discussion of problems and solutions. The author, both veteran programmers, based this work on questions they were asked during interviews with big league companies. About 22 pages cover social etiquette and dress and about 220 pages deal with solving programming queries that interviewers pose, from linked lists and tree navigation to sorting and recursion; highly recommended for all college, university, and large public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471383567
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN MONGAN graduated from Stanford with a BS in chemistry. He is a self-taught programmer and has been working as a consultant for Autodesk for the past two years. He has three pending patents on software testing and related technologies.

NOAH SUOJANEN graduated from Stanford with a BS in computer science. He has worked for USWeb and Boeing and is currently working for contact.com.

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Table of Contents

The Job Application Process.

Approaches to Programming Problems.

Linked Lists.

Trees and Graphs.

Arrays and Strings.

Recursion.

Other Programming Topics.

Counting, Measuring, and Ordering Puzzles.

Graphical and Spatial Puzzles.

Knowledge-Based Questions.

Non-Technical Questions.

Appendix.

Index.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    Good book for the general idea of programming interviews

    This book is a good primer for programming interviews. It covers a lot of general ground and some specifics. It did help me prepare for an interview shortly after reading it, though the "trick questions" of any given programming interview are likely not going to be covered here. Probably good to review some computer science trick problems (towers of hanoi, fibonacci sequences, etc.) before the review as well.

    Overall, this book does give a pretty good picture of what to expect. I have interviewed and been interviewed, and this book is a good primer.

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  • Posted April 30, 2009

    Great book for doing a dry run for your programming interview!

    These guys do a great job getting you to go through the exercise of answering a programming interview question. Some of the material is stuff I learned a while back and they help to bring it forward, while other topics are great "between the cracks" topics that are ripe for interview questions. You'll feel more confident when you have to pick up that white board marker on interview day.

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