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Competitive Programming [closed]

I think this may just be one of the most frequently asked questions by a novice (like me) on this site. Please pardon me for that. My question is I wish to get better at solving the harder problems of ...
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How can a potential customer find “best” offer in agile software development? [closed]

If you have fixed-price software projects a potential customer can choose a software development company by the price to get best value for money. The software development company with the lowest ...
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Is the algorithm more important than the programming language?

During the current (2013) Google Code Jam contest, there was a problem that took C++ and Java people 200+ lines of code as compared to Python people that solved the same problem only using 40 lines of ...
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Any good hackathons/competitions to refresh my programming skill? [closed]

I spent this summer as a PM, so my programming skills may have gotten a little rusty. I want to refresh those skills, and I'm looking for things like online hackathons or competitions. Preferably ...
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Is there any benefit of using one language over the other for competitive programming websites like SPOJ or TopCoder? [closed]

I know a bit of C++, Java and Ruby. I want to be proficient in one of these now and I don't know how to pick. I was wondering if picking one over the other would be advantageous in any way for ...
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It takes me hours to completely understand solutions to 1000-pt problems on TopCoder. Should I get discouraged? [closed]

Sometimes this applies to the 500-pt ones too. I sometimes start feeling I will never improve enough to code them with ease like the others. Should I just quit? If not, why? It is extremely annoying, ...
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Why is C++ predominant in programming contests and competitions? [closed]

I understand that C++ is a very fast language, but ain't C just as fast, or faster in some cases? Then you might say that C++ has OOP, but the amount of OOP you need for most programming puzzles is ...
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4answers
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How to handle “X” data sets as input

I participated in a coding competition today, and I found that almost all of the command line input our programs needed to receive would start with an integer representing the amount of data sets to ...
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5answers
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How to deal with potential enterpreneur developer in a IT startup

In a software startup, how can we deal with the main developers/programmers of the company who are good at design and communication, and also have entrepreneurial skills? How do we get them work for ...
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How do you effectively compete with an open source project?

A company with a solid open source project competing against a traditional closed-source product seems impossible to beat. I read this article wherein the author lays out this scenario: Suppose ...
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14answers
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Hiring a programmer much more qualified & experienced than yourself?

My employer is hiring a programmer - more specifically, I am interviewing and selecting the person who will fill the position. The best candidate right now is far more qualified than I am, older, and ...
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2answers
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Programming Practice/Test Contest? [closed]

My situation: I'm on a programming team, and this year, we want to weed out the weak link by making a competition to get the best coder from our group of candidates. Focus is on IEEExtreme-like ...
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Advice/Wisdom for Programming Competitions. (Specifically the IOI)

I'm on the Irish team heading to the International Olympiad of Informatics in Bulgaria at the start of August, and from the great pools of wisdom of SA, I wish to ask a few questions of those of you ...