Why You should do Competitive Programming?
Competitive programming is a mind sport. Yes, if you search over the internet you will find a lot of content written on competitive programming. What is competitive programming, the benefits of competitive programming and how to master competitive programming? So what I am going to talk about here. Don’t worry I have something that is really gonna change your mind.
Hey everyone, My name is Anubhav and I am going to share some very interesting facts about the competitive programming that will really gonna change your mind and you will going to start the Competitive coding. I will also share some tips that will help in your journey of Programming. Before jumping to the facts let’s first a little discussion about the competitive coding.
What is competitive programming?
Programming is a way to instruct your machine to solve any problem. Whatever we can be able to do with machines that all because of the programming. For each and every task there is a program that teaches a machine to perform.
Competitive programming is a thing to achieve excellency in the programming world to actually solve the real use cases of the world. In competitive coding, we have to focus on time complexity and space complexity which results in the most optimal solution for any given problem. These are some core and simple definition by that you can get some idea.
Anybody can program
While reading about programming we are always told that programming is complicated and we develop a thought that it is only made for computer engineers or IT guys. Normal people or even an engineer from different departments can’t do that and there is no benefit of that as well. Today, I am going to tell you some benefits of competitive programming that are really gonna change your mind and you will realize that you should also do programming. We will also be going to discuss some tips and tricks that will make your journey easier.
Benefits of competitive programming
- You love sports right? Competitive Coding is also a sport. Believe me, once you started solving some problems your confidence will increase and gradually you are going to love it. There are different stages in this game and once you successfully completed the beginner level you will always have eager to go to the next level.
- It’s a mind game and playing this for sometimes you realize that your thinking ability increases gradually. Passing the different test cases your thinking ability becomes wider, you started thinking about all the possible outcomes of any problems.
- There are a lot more amazing qualities generated in yourself like being punctual, hard-working, having patience, etc. Competitive programming is not a one day or two-day task, it takes months or years to properly master it. In this journey, you face some problems that take a week to solve. Patience is the thing that binds you and continuous practice helps you to complete your journey of a programmer.
There are tonnes of other benefits but now at least you have a basic idea about benefits and now you will much more curious about some tips and tricks.
Tips for programming
Before going to start your journey of coding you have to understand this is not a course and you can’t be a coder by learning all the syntax or the algorithm. Coding is just like all the other games. You start from level one and play like a noob but continuously working, you become a pro.
Basic to pro:
Whenever you are going for the coding never try to learn all the concepts of any language first. Choose a language(C++ or Java) is recommended. Why? These are the languages that compile much faster and in case of time complexity this definitely gives you a benefit but you can choose other languages as well. Learn some basic concepts and start practicing related questions with that. It is similar to math. Start with the basic problems like finding a prime number, palindrome number, and Fibonacci series.
Once you start solving upgrade your level. After completing some basic problems go through the DSA content and try to solve 15-20 questions related to every topic of the DSA. Once the DSA part is done start participating in the contest and solve real use cases.
Try to optimize:
Once you find yourself comfortable in solving any problem try to reduce the line of code and make it simple. To improve this you can go through the solution of other programmers. Try to understand their logic how their code is running and making things simpler. This will blow your mind and give you some amazing thoughts or I can say a different approach to solve the problem. In a period of time, you will realize that you are now capable to reduce your problem and can solve that in the least possible time.
Practice makes a man perfect. Yes, it’s very true. You can better understand this by following an example. Go to your past when you were a kid and you use to write the same alphabets over all the lines of your notebook’s page. In the beginning, the letter was zig-zag and hard to read but gradually practicing daily you succeed and your speed and writing also get improved.
Similarly, In the beginning, your code might not much improved but when you practiced in a regular interval of time your skills get improved and your thinking ability will also be improved. You will take less time and can solve a tougher problem as well.
Whenever you are doing something it is very important that you have some patience. At the beginning of this programmer journey, many times you will realize that this is not your cup of tea but remember every expert is once a beginner. No one can expertise this overnight or in one day. It’s a process of months and years and believe me, once you get your hands dirty into this you will gonna love it. People spend their days or weeks in solving a particular problem and hence you also have to do so don’t worry about this.
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