Saturday, March 17, 2012

Cracking the Coding Interview: 150 Programming Questions and Solutions - Great for prepping for CS Students

Cracking the Coding Interview: 150 Programming Questions and Solutions is NOT a coding review. However, as a Computer Engineering student, I found that it offered really awesome concept review.

I'm looking forward to getting some money together and ordering it from Amazon; a friend of mine lent me a copy of it, and I just absolutely LOVE it. I'm currently in my second round of interviews for my dream job - and honestly, this book really gave me the confidence to pull it off.

Even if you have to borrow a copy to "try" it, I seriously recommend it to all of my friends/classmates who are currently in the interview process.

My Breakdown:

Pros: Great general concept review! If you haven't coded in a while, or (like my university) you found that you didn't get much of an overview for a certain concept, then this book will show you algorithms and solutions to questions that you Need To Know. Very practical and otherwise easy to navigate.

Cons: I think it needs some sort of reference section. I realize that it isn't a reference book, but seeing as it appears to be more of an overview for what you Need To Know, I found that most of my review came from looking at the solutions in the back of the book to brush up on concepts I hadn't formally been introduced to or that I'd forgotten.
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