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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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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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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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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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Hiring a programmer much more qualified & experienced than yourself? [closed]

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 ...