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  • Paperback: 530 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479274836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479274833
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Adnan, Amit, and Tsung-Hsien have worked at Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Qualcomm, and several startups. They co-developed algorithms and systems that are used by over one billion people everyday. They have extensive experience with interviewing candidates, making hiring decisions, and being interviewed.

Adnan Aziz is a research scientist at Facebook. Previously, he was a professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he conducted research and teaches classes in applied algorithms. He received his Ph.D. from The University of California at Berkeley; his undergraduate degree is from Indian Institutes of Technology Kanpur.

Amit Prakash is a founder of Thoughtspot, a Silicon Valley startup. Previously, he was a Member of the Technical Staff at Google, where he worked primarily on machine learning problems that arise in the context of online advertising. Before that he worked at Microsoft in the web search team. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin; his undergraduate degree is from Indian Institutes of Technology Kanpur.

Tsung-Hsien Lee is a Software Engineer at Google. Previously, he worked as a Software Engineer Intern at Facebook. He received both his M.S. and undergraduate degrees from National Tsing Hua University. He has a passion for designing and implementing algorithms. He likes to apply algorithms on every aspect of his life.

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I interviewed at Amazon, Google, and Facebook this year and found this the best questions book by some way. I thoroughly recommend following the question tracks presented in the book and start practicing at least a 6 weeks ahead of interviews. The questions here may even be a little harder than you'll meet on interview, but best to be prepared.

I'd also recommend Crack the Coding interview which has good guidance and is a good intro to problems though ultimately the questions are too widely studied to appear in interviews. Other must read recommendations for questions would be Programming Problems 1&2 by Bradley Green, Top 20 Interview Questions by Lian Quan.

From an algorithms perspective, good books are Algorithms by Dasguta et al (available free online, but having the book is better), The Algorithm Design Manual by Steven Skienna, Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen et al. And long time favorites are Jon Bentley's Programming Pearls and More Programming Pearls.

Other stuff I did for the interviews:

1) Stop drinking caffeine.
2) Attempt at least 2-3 questions a day
3) Pick a programming language for questions and stick to it.
4) Buy a big whiteboard and practice on it.
5) Take 2 days off for onsite interviews - 1 day to unwind and refresh, 1 day for the onsite.

Good luck!
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I used all the major interview books on the market (Cracking the coding interview, Programming Interviews Exposed etc) and this is by far the best one. I got a full time offer at Google after using it's worth it.

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This book is great when you want to jump into the right type of questions before Google-like interviews. Everything is great expect... I must say it, it's really annoying that solutions are just below the questions. I need to hide them when I read a question which is not convenient in a bus or even at home. I thought it has been only one time experiment, but this approach is also in the new Java book, and in the Google Play ebook. I much prefer the approach from "Cracking the Coding Interview"
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5.0 out of 5 stars GETTING THE DREAM JOB... Comparing the Top 4 IT Interview Books 4 July 2013
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I worked with the data science association on their new standards for "Data Scientist" interviews (entry salary of $125,000), and both real questions and after interview polls were included for the biggest names in data today, from the web to corporate and government IT. "Data Scientist" is one of the hottest new jobs out there today, and some companies are even forming CDSO jobs--Chief Data Science Officer!

To begin, ALL FOUR of the books in this review are 5 star "superstars" for IT interviews. The two problems are, my library customers want to know the top two, and our Amazon shoppers want to know if they can get away with one, two, three, or if they have to buy all four! Of course the answer depends both on the focus of your resume, and the overlap/focus in the four books.

First, the summary, by author, title/Amazon link, year published/edition, number of pages, trim and cost, problems included, main language(s) foci. These four are the most frequently purchased by the over 100,000 libraries (including corporate technical libraries and schools as well as private and public) in our database. (Note: page counts are via visual inspection at the time of this writing, not Amazon stats. Pages can vary with on-demand books.).

Aziz, Elements of Programming Interviews: 300 Questions and Solutions by Aziz, Adnan, Prakash, Amit, Lee, Tsung-Hsien 1st (first) Edition (10/11/2012), 2012, 481 pages, 6 x 9, $25, 300 problems (mostly C++, concurrency in Java, discrete math in formulas and English)
McDowell, Cracking the Coding Interview: 150 Programming Questions and Solutions, 2011 (5th edition), 500 pages, 6 x 9, $23, 150 problems, (mostly all Java except of course the C, C++ question sections!)
Guiness, Ace the Programming Interview: 160 Questions and Answers for Success, 2013, 419 pages, 6 x 9, $20, 160 problems, (mostly Java and C# but some unusual JavaScript, SQL, Ruby and Perl examples too)
Mongan, Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job, 2013 (ed. 3), 301 pages, 7.4 x 9, $18, 150+ problems (C, C++, C#, Java)

All four of these fine prep texts cover the usual suspects in Algorithms and Data structures, including a focus on "scalable" problems of most concern to the Amazons, Googles, Facebooks, etc. of the world. These include recursion, arrays, lists, hash tables, binary searches and trees, and other foundation coding subjects.
All also cover the usual tricks, brain teasers, presentation problems, prep, process, etc. issues, and in the case of Cracking, specifics on many different company processes.

The divergence is in the "extras." Aziz jumps into parallel computing and covers discrete math (in grad school joke terms, all the computer oriented math that has been taken out of high school courses). McDowell has an unusually well written probability section. Guiness is very up to date with cross platform apps and concurrent programming nightmares, and goes into both more depth and detail on individual topics like big O notation. Mongan is published by wrox, and has not only technical editors, but outstanding web resources. His database section is the most robust of the group.

Aziz and McDowell are print on demand, which usually means there are many more errors in early going, but much faster correction of them via almost weekly files to the printer. Guiness is Wiley and bulletproof. We've tested the code extensively in all four (my payroy sister programmers, not me!) and ALL of them are outstanding, with very few errors at this writing, which can only get better fast in the two PODs, and wasn't a problem to begin with via the technically edited wrox and wiley teams.

Surprisingly, there is NOT a lot of overlap in solutions in these four texts, just as there IS a lot of overlap in the questions (strings, arrays, binaries, hashes... structures are structures and algos are algos). The difference in ALL these books (as opposed to a Cormen) is that the algorithm examples are not academic--they give you many options to "cheat" - and most of the cheats are more real world than techniques given in the 1,300 page algo function texts.

McDowell is the industry standard, but she teaches very much to Google, as does Aziz, meaning web focus, and even a little forgiveness on php, but NO forgiveness on memory or scalability. If you're a library client and have to pick two, we advise one from the McDowell/ Aziz dyad and one from the Guiness/ Mongan dyad. If you're applying for a job with a specific language requirement, these self sort, although of course all are object oriented today.

For shoppers preparing for a real interview: buy all four. I mean, come on. This is your future! You can get all four for the price you'd pay for a larger (way less useful) algo + data structure or individual language text, and maybe less. Some points about interview technique are common, but all four offer different and important examples in approaches to solutions, even though they share common algorithmic and data structure challenges.

IRONY: The only programming area growing faster than data scientist today is at the other end of the big scale spectrum: embedded systems. I kid you not, specialize in embedded, and you're GUARANTEED a dream job, both due to the explosion of these systems, and the rarity of programmers here (but yes, you have to get into circuits!). Our sister Payroy group shows job stats, demand and salaries that are to die for if you go there-- way better than Google. NONE of these books cover it (because other than mobile and server embeds, embedded was traditionally automotive and industrial, but even "Google and Microsoft TV" type ventures are now hungering for it).

There is NO good interview book out on embedded yet, but these two are the best of breed in the field itself: 1. Samek (Practical UML Statecharts in C/C++: Event-Driven Programming for Embedded Systems) and 2. White (Making Embedded Systems: Design Patterns for Great Software). Why C and C++? Because that's where the majority of electronics still reside, and "object" programmers in the field often just use the C subset of ++ and don't really get into sexy classes/methods/parents/kids, etc.! 6 months brushing up on this, specializing, and going for an embedded job will be worth years of competing with the interviews in these texts!!!

Now, a simple tip. I was part of a team that interviewed for a high level, very high paying digital art programming position at shader joes dot com. One candidate stood out as really technically challenged--she even confused a call with a register in one of her answers! She called herself an "autodidact" - meaning, unlike Yahoo, we can't be recruiting only from the 18 top schools.

At the end of her interview, she asked us to check out a disc she'd brought. She had programmed her own video game with movie-real characters, explosions, storyline, etc. using Unity, Maya, blastcode, Python, Lua and C#, with web distributions in Java, HTML 5 and php. She proceeded to explain her entire process, from idea to distribution. She was hired before she could reach the elevator. In olden-days, old timer parlance, don't forget your "portfolio" if you have one! It can trump a LOT of the bureaucratic hurdles!

EMAILERS ANSWER: IF you are a manager, rusty at coding, a data scientist, etc. and are in an interview where you have to "understand" coding basics, but not necessarily code, see our review of Karumanchi (Coding Interview Questions).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great text for technical interviews 15 Nov. 2012
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In summary, I strongly recommend this book for anyone who wants to excel in interviews in top software companies.

This book has extensive interview problems with detailed solutions. It covers basic to advanced algorithm solving techniques. The book is very comprehensive and detailed - it is by far the largest collections of such problems that I know of. I really liked the fact that most problems have detailed programs which I could download complete versions of. The figures were also very helpful for me to understand some of the harder concepts.

Materials in later chapters which contain dynamic programming and graph algorithms make this book stands out among other interview books. These materials especially help readers to think critically when facing difficult programming problems with efficiency constraints.

I also purchased "Cracking the Coding Interview" for preparing for my interviews. Compared to that book, I found Elements of Programming Interviews to be better preparation for the questions I was asked at the on-site interviews. Cracking the Coding Interview had more basic questions, the kind I was asked in phone screening and on-campus interviews.

I am very fond of algorithms, and, just like Keith wrote in his review, Elements of Programming Interviews nicely supplements traditional algorithm textbooks which lack of practical examples.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic if just for the excellent C++ code 2 Jun. 2016
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I don't have much more to add to the other reviews. I simply want to emphasize the quality of code in this book and the amount of attention payed toward writing solutions in a way that is conducive to how one would do so to be successful in a timed interview situation. I can't say the same for McDowell, which, while not bad, certainly favors more high-level Java code and writes C++ as C with classes. However, I'll note that McDowell excels over this book in writing tone and style (her book being more fluid, inspiring and careful in tone for those anxious about interviews, I think; this one being somewhat less even-toned, let alone well-written).

Quick tip: Be sure to read the section that discusses the code style before digging into any solutions. Before I did, I was very confused, for example, why the authors would pass a parameter in as a pointer, then immediately reference it with a different variable. Well, the pointer is a way of being explicit in expressing that it's an *output parameter*. And the reference is just preferable over using a raw pointer. The former part is a somewhat controversial part of the Google C++ Style Guide, which this is based on. For those applying to Google, I think that's not such a bad thing, really.
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and clear; simple yet deep examples w/ good explanations 16 Jun. 2016
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Just getting started w/ this book, but so far it is brilliant. If your'e not sure, look up the free sample PDF on their website. It's actually how I'm starting to work with this book - just working through the tiny 'boot camp' section at the head of each chapter, and then one or two exercises deep. This gets you surprisingly far, and I think the sample has this much for each chapter.

As other reviewers mention, the code snippets themselves are very concise and powerful, yet very readable. And, they slowly introduce more advanced language features so as to not scare you off too soon, but also getting you exposure to them.

Their explanations of some of the data structures and algorithms are similarly concise, but clear, but I'm coming at this from having had a bit of exposure from elsewhere. So far so good!
4.0 out of 5 stars Study hard, make money 17 Aug. 2016
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The book is definitely great. This helped me through a lot of interviews at top companies. There are some problems on Hackerrank that I wasn't able to solve though (especially those by Two Sigma, VMware, among others). The book covers good topics and explanations are easy and I like how they have a one week - three month plan to prepare for interviews.

I would have given five stars if they have answers for questions in Python online. Python is a big deal now and I feel like it should be covered.

My advice to anyone studying:
Start early and actually try to solve the questions not just read through them. I promise you will get your dream job out of it.
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