What programming languages do FANG companies require you to know?

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Nov 10, 2017 23 Comments

I’m not in software, but I️ see that company hopping amongst the major leagues happens quite frequently. I’m going to do a brain dump of a series of questions.

1.) Is there a common programming language that would benefit you across all of them?

2.) What would you be expected to know as a new grad who would be picked up directly into Google or Facebook? As far as both breadth and depth of knowledge.

3.) I️ am a voice engineer by trade, but happen to be in network ops right now (because company, benefits, pay). I️ see most IP telephony positions top out around 80-90k. Is this range expanded on the west coast? Or would I️ have to retool my skill set to get an increase in income? I’m thinking solutions architect or similar would be inline with my career but I’m not 100%.

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  • Microsoft / Eng
    OCAmIEvil

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    Language-wise, just don't use something with a stigma, such as VB.
    Nov 10, 2017 8
    • WRKSHP / Eng
      I've never even heard of coldfusion as a language
      Nov 11, 2017
    • Microsoft / Eng
      OCAmIEvil

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      Microsoft developers never liked VB. It's always been a C++ shop, switching to C# and never to VB.NET. I know a guy who, for some bizarre reason I don't care to understand, is forced to use VBScript, and he bitches about it all the time.

      Perl was used for scripting a lot, and I've seen a few scripts written in JScript.
      Nov 11, 2017
    • WRKSHP / Eng
      Perl in my experience is a lot like php. I spent a whole summer using perl.
      Nov 11, 2017
    • AT&T / Ops
      DDM2K

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      The post is sincere, but I️ was making a joke with the comment by naming things that were a product of Adobe, Microsoft, Google...
      Nov 11, 2017
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

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      That went right over my head lol.
      Nov 11, 2017
  • Juniper jpaero
    there is no common programming language. different teams in the company use different languages. you'll need solid programming skills (any language will do) for programming jobs. go over to leetcode.com for a taste.

    that said, programming jobs aren't the only jobs in these companies. even in engineering, there are jobs like network engineers, site reliability engineers, security engineers, etc who know code, but don't code on the job nor have to face coding questions in the interview. look at the requirements for such jobs. if you have those skills, you can still score a job in those companies without coding.
    Nov 10, 2017 1
    • Microsoft / Eng
      OCAmIEvil

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      PMs! You forgot the PMs!
      Nov 10, 2017
  • WRKSHP / Eng
    - python, Java, c++, go, php (fb only), Javascript. Occasionally Ruby.

    I've been asking around top companies for their stacks and it's basically always one (or more) of those.

    If you're looking for a good programming language for both interviews and on the job, I recommend python.
    Nov 11, 2017 4
    • Google / Eng ungoogley
      Bring PHP to a Google interview and you get laughed out of the room. :)

      Google canonical languages are c, python, Java, js, and go
      Nov 11, 2017
    • WRKSHP / Eng
      That's why I said php is fb only!
      Nov 11, 2017
    • Microsoft / Eng
      OCAmIEvil

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      Side question: what are some good questions for Python users that force them to do some array subscript math? It seems, Python makes it way too easy.
      Nov 11, 2017
    • WRKSHP / Eng
      Uh, fibonacci? With and without memoization?
      Nov 11, 2017
  • Google tentenths
    C muthafuckin plus plus
    Nov 10, 2017 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    Hooliganss

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    1) java, python, JavaScript, ruby, csharp, c

    2) data structures and algorithms are the two big ones. Knowledge of design patterns and distributed systems also doesn’t hurt. The big thing is just being able to pick up things and learn very quickly.

    3) can’t speak to telephony pay/perks. As far as pay for software, you’ll definitely exceed 80k-90k range I think on the west coast working at one of your mentioned companies.
    Nov 10, 2017 0
  • Google / Eng Xoooooooog
    Python, C++. These were both required on every project I was part of at Google and now at Microsoft as well. So I consider these two the core. Of course I also know C#, Java, various others, but C++ and python are what’s needed in the teams I’ve worked on.

    As for knowledge: you need to have good understanding of algorithms to pass the interviews, as well as being a fluent coder to implement them. Things like trees, graph search, dynamic programming, and generally solving random problems that require a fast solution using hash tables. That’s the bare minimum for passing these interviews; the more deep knowledge and experience actually coding software projects the better.
    Nov 11, 2017 0
  • GlobalLogic Hopper13
    Pseudo code
    Nov 12, 2017 1
    • AT&T / Ops
      DDM2K

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      Diverting the conversation every time a code question comes up?
      Nov 12, 2017
  • Amazon / Eng Weeeeho
    Scala for the win.
    Nov 11, 2017 0
  • Airbnb hunter3
    If you make 80-90 on the east coast, expect 2x on the west coast.
    Nov 11, 2017 0