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The most asked programming interview questions - #3

Sort an array of size N made of numbers from 0 to K Problem statement In this article we will be discussing another (see the previous article) very popular programming interview question. This time we are asked to sort an array of size N whose elements are in the range [0,K). Problem statement Given an array $A=[a_1,a_2,…a_n],\: 1 \leq a_i \leq K$ modify A s.t. it is sorted. As usual you should ask your interviewer some clarifying questions. For example a sensible question to ask could be: What is the maximum value of $K$ and of $N$? Let's assume that $N \leq 10^7$ and $K\leq… Read More »The most asked programming interview questions - #3

The most asked coding interview - #2

Coding interview question: Determine if number is an Armstrong number

Problem statement

In this article we will be discussing another (see the previous article counting triples with a given sum) of the most common coding interview questions. The problem statement is really simple and goes as follows:

Given an positive integer N determine if it is an Armstrong number?
A number $x_1x_2…x_n$ (1 \leq x_i \leq 9 $ is a digit ) of length $n$ is an Armstrong number if the following is true:
$x_nx_{n-1}…x_2x_1 = pow(x_1,n) + pow(x_2,n) + … pow(x_n,n)$

In other words if raising all digits to power $n$ and sum all them up you obtain the original number, then $N$ is an Armstrong number.

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The 10most asked coding interview at Google - #1

Coding interview at google

Problem statement

In this article we will be discussing one of the most common coding interview question asked in many google interviews, especially during one of the first stages. The problem statement goes as follows:

Given an array N of distinct integers and a integer K, print on the standard output the number of triples (N[i], N[j], N[l]) whose sum is equal to K. In other words how many triples(i,j,k), i < j < k s.t. N[i] + N[j] + N[l] = K are in N?

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C++ - Simple command line argument manager

Command-line argument management is tricky to get right especially when the number of options that we support and the number of their combination is big. For this kind of applications, there are already a number of very effective libraries and tools supporting the programming in such a scenario. One such library is Boost::program_options which I highly encourage you to use as is it awesome. But there are other cases where we need to quickly write a prototype or when the number of options and possible configuration is small where using Boost could be overkill. In such cases what we usually do is writing ad-hoc command-line… Read More »C++ - Simple command line argument manager

Modern C++ concurrency - parallel quick-sort with std::future

In this short lesson we will discuss how to parallelize a simple and rather inefficient (because this is not an in-place version) implementation of quick-sort using asynchronous tasks and futures. We will perform some benchmarking and performance analysis and we will try to understand how we can further improve our implementation. Quick sort In this section, I will briefly refresh your memory on quick-sort. I will do so by showing you a simple and self-explicative Haskell version first. We will also write a C++ (serial) version of the same code implementation C++ that we will use as a basis for our parallelization. Here it goes… Read More »Modern C++ concurrency - parallel quick-sort with std::future

Modern C++ concurrency - Returning values from Threads - std::future

Introduction

In this lesson we will talk about a way of returning values from threads, more precisely we will talk about std::future which is a mechanism that C++ offers in order to perform asynchronous tasks and query for the result in the future.
A future represents an asynchronous task, i.e. an operation that runs in parallel to the current thread and which the latter can wait (if it needs to) until the former is ready.
You can use a future all the time you need a thread to wait for a one-off event to happen. The thread can check the status of the asynchronous operation by periodically polling the future while still performing other tasks, or it can just wait for the future to become ready.

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Modern C++ Concurrency - Synchronizing threads - Condition Variables

Introduction

In the previous lesson we have seen how data can be protected using mutex. We now know how to make threads do their work concurrently without messing around with shared resources and data. But sometimes we need to synchronize their actions in time, meaning that we might want a thread t1 to wait until a certain condition is true before allowing it to continue its execution.

This lesson discusses the tools that we can use to achieve such behavior efficiently using condition variables.

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Modern C++ Concurrency - How to share data and resources between threads

In this lesson, we will cover the topic of data sharing and resources between threads. Imagine a scenario where an integer o needs to be modified by two threads t1 and t2. If we are not careful in handling this scenario a data race might occur. But what is a data race exactly?

Data Race

A data race occurs when two or more threads access some shared data and at least one of them is modifying such data. Because the threads are scheduled by OS, and scheduling is not under our control, you do not know upfront which thread is going to access the data first. The final result might depend on the order in which threads are scheduled by the OS.

Race conditions occur typically when an operation, in order to be completed, requires multiple steps or sub-operations, or the modification of multiple data. Since this sub-operations end up being executed by the CPU in different instructions, other threads can potentially mess up with the state of the data while the other's thread operation is still ongoing.

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Modern C++ Concurrency - How to use a thread object correctly and common pitfalls

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