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Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-12167-2
264 pages
April 2007
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The pressure is on during the interview process but with the right preparation, you can walk away with your dream job. This classic book uncovers what interviews are really like at America's top software and computer companies and provides you with the tools to succeed in any situation. The authors take you step-by-step through new problems and complex brainteasers they were asked during recent technical interviews.

50 interview scenarios are presented along with in-depth analysis of the possible solutions. The problem-solving process is clearly illustrated so you'll be able to easily apply what you've learned during crunch time. You'll also find expert tips on what questions to ask, how to approach a problem, and how to recover if you become stuck. All of this will help you ace the interview and get the job you want.

What you will learn from this book

  • Tips for effectively completing the job application
  • Ways to prepare for the entire programming interview process
  • How to find the kind of programming job that fits you best
  • Strategies for choosing a solution and what your approach says about you
  • How to improve your interviewing skills so that you can respond to any question or situation
  • Techniques for solving knowledge-based problems, logic puzzles, and programming problems

Who this book is for
This book is for programmers and developers applying for jobs in the software industry or in IT departments of major corporations.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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Table of Contents



1. Before the Search.

2. The Job Application Process.

3. Approaches to Programming Problems.

4. Linked Lists.

5. Trees and Graphs.

6. Arrays and Strings.

7. Recursion.

8. Concurrany.

9. Object Oriented Programming.

10. Databases.

11. Other Programming Topics.

12. Counting, Measuring, and Ordering Puzzles.

13. Graphical and Spatial Puzzles.

14. Knowledge-Based Questions.

15. Non-Technical Questions.

16. Conclusion.

Appendix. Resumes.


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Author Information

John Mongan is a self-taught programmer with professional experience as a consultant for software and pharmaceutical companies. He has three patents on software testing technologies. He holds a BS in chemistry from Stanford and a PhD in Bioinformatics from UC San Diego, with thesis work in supercomputer simulations of protein dynamics.

Noah Suojanen Kindler graduated from Stanford with a BS in computer science, has worked for Boeing and is currently a consultant.

Eric Giguere is a software developer and the author of three Wiley programming books. He is a frequent speaker and is often interviewed by USA Today and other broad media on various topics.

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Do you think you've discovered an error in this book? Please check the list of errata below to see if we've already addressed the error. If not, please submit the error via our Errata Form. We will attempt to verify your error; if you're right, we will post a correction below.

ChapterPageDetailsDatePrint Run
28 Line Missing in Code
When adding a new ListElement/IntElement to the front of the linkedlist, the new element shoudl also update its "next" to point to the previous head.
for example:

bool insertInFront (IntElement **head, int data) {
IntElement *newElem = new IntElement;
if(!newElem) return false;
newElem->data = data;

newElem->next = *head; // THIS LINE IS MISSING

*head = newElem; //Correctly updates head
return true;
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