- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: Wiley (May 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471383562
- ISBN-13: 978-0471383567
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 157 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job
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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.
From the Back Cover
Everything you need to know to succeed in the programming interview and get the job you want Whether you are a veteran programmer seeking a new position or a whiz kid starting your career, interviewing for a programming job requires special preparation. The interview is likely to consist of an hour-long interactive oral exam in computers, programming, and logic. This helpful guide will give you the tools necessary to breeze through the test and make a lasting impression that will get you a top-dollar offer!
Mongan and Suojanen take you step-by-step through the same problems that they were asked on technical interviews. These veterans use their experience with the technical interview process to prepare you for any situation. With their help, youll gain critical interviewing skills such as how to ask effective questions, how to best approach a problem, and what to do when you get stuck. Integrated throughout the book are problems
taken from real interviews at top computer companies, followed by an in-depth analysis and explanation of the thought process leading to solutions. By focusing on techniques and not just answers, youll be able to apply what you learn to the wide variety of problems you will face during an interview. The problems included in this book will challenge your programming skills and help you ace the programming interview! Problem types include:
- Programming problems with emphasis on data structures and recursion
- Logic puzzles, counting and measuring problems, and spatial reasoning
- Knowledge-based problems that cover todays most important technologies
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I found the chapters on Linked Lists (ch 4), Graphs (ch 5), Strings (ch 6) and Recursion (ch 7) to be the most useful.
The explanations provided in the book was good, but I wouldn’t use it as a pure substitute for learning data structures. I prefer textbooks for that.
The exercises however, are the meat of this book. Each of the questions presented are very practical and are pretty close to what you would be asked in an interview. I’d say if you want to really prepare for your typical programming interview, definitely pick this books up.
It’s also pretty useful for a quick read for a review of data structures and basic algorithmic concepts if you find that you were very comfortable with theoretical CS in the past and and just want to brush up in a practical sense.
Highly recommended buy. I have already read this book 3 or 4 times already in the past 6 years or so. :)
What is this book good at?
Teaching you the fundamentals like you know nothing. This book is like a super condensed version of any algorithms and data structures textbook that reminds you of everything you've learnt (perhaps forgotten) in school.
What is it not?
Although this book does have some interesting problems to solve, the focus is to get your basics in place rather than have you practise a bunch of problems(which is more the approach of Cracking the Coding Interview). It does not necessarily teach you how to be a good interviewee but rather teaches you how to be a good programmer.
This book is great for a person who's lost touch with the basics or just needs a refresher of sorts. It is also good for students to help them understand what parts of their textbooks are most important in terms of interviews. Although, if you are a student, I suggest you pair this book with Craking the Coding interview for your interview prep since that book trains you more practically while this book gives you a strong sense theoretically.
I don't think this has anything on hashing and hashtables. It seems to have everything else I remember from algorithms/datastructure courses I once took.
It covers most important areas that are asked in job interviews.
And each chapter comes both with explanations and example questions.
If you know how to solve any questions in this book - you're definitely getting almost any job you apply to.