Every coder wants to be one of the best! Yes, it’s true. But do you ever think how can someone be considered as the best coder? Okay, suppose a guy wants to be the best racer, so can he do that by just practicing it? Not, what he has to do is to prove himself, get the better of others, and conquer the battle. Similarly, if you want to be the finest coder, you have to face challenges and showcase your programming skills. And, the best way to do the same is Competitive Programming and Coding Competitions.
What are Coding Competitions?
Competitive programming is a mind sport usually held over the Internet or a local network, involving participants trying to program according to provided specifications. Contestants are referred to as sport programmers. Competitive programming is recognized and supported by several multinational software and Internet companies, such as Google and Facebook. There are several organizations that host programming competitions on a regular basis.
1. You can structure your deliberate practice routine around it
2. It will prepare you well for technical interviews
3. You’ll get used to working on challenging problems
4. It’s a way to publicly demonstrate your skills
5. It’s guaranteed brain exercise
6. It’s a way to focus on the fundamentals
7. It’s fun
8. It’s a way to practice fast coding
9. Competitive programming has an active community
10. Bite-sized programs are convenient to work on
A Hackathon, also known as a codefest, is a social coding event that brings computer programmers and other interested people together to improve upon or build a new software program.
It is a design sprint-like event; often, in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, domain experts, and others collaborate intensively on software projects.