Google’s prestigious coding competition’s qualification round went on-air about 20 hours ago.
I gave it a shot and I’m glad I solved 3 out of 4 problems. This should be enough to qualify for the next round. Got 55 points out of 90.
I’m feeling great.
Frankly, it seemed easier this year than previous years, may be because I’m more experienced now.
Let me give you small overview of the problems which you can find on the Code Jam site.
- Magic Trick
This problem was quite easy, just required you to play with matrices.
- Cookie Clicker Alpha
More logic and thinking was required in this one. But once you sort out that, code was minimum.
- Minesweeper Master
The problem is quite insteresting and I did try to figure out a way to solve this with pen and paper (the best way to decide your algo), I left it in favour of last problem.
- Deceitful War
The hero of this round. The problem starts with a warning that its not for beginners. Sorting out this one was the most enjoyable part and pen-paper came in handy. I highly recommend this problem to anyone who thinks he is a coder.
I can see that my coding style has evolved and I now use structs and functions more, leading to a cleaner and more beautiful, elegant code. You can find my code here.
Thanks for reading.