Why LC?

Dec 31, 2019 25 Comments

This is not a troll question. I genuinely want to know...

Why is LC the most popular interview practice site? There are several other similar ones, hackerrank, geekforgeek, careercup, just to name a few.

So why do we only hear LC here? It is merely blinders preference, or is there more to it?

#leetcode

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TOP 25 Comments
  • Amazon QlOy36
    Others are focused more towards competitive programming. LC has the best prep material for cracking an interview but not necessarily for competitive programming.
    Dec 31, 2019 7
    • Microsoft knsgdye
      I didn’t like geeksforgeeks because it felt like encyclopedia, with no end in sight. I used it a long time ago, not sure if it’s still the case though. Hackerrank is not bad. The only thing I don’t like about it is that I’ve to read the entire novel before getting to the crux of the question.
      LC is simple, effective and has good discussion section because of a huge userbase.
      Dec 31, 2019
    • Microsoft / Eng tatun
      OP
      Gotcha.
      Dec 31, 2019
  • Salesforce leet4evr
    LC consists of interview questions with a good user interface to solve problems and also view the most voted solutions
    Dec 31, 2019 6
    • Salesforce leet4evr
      For eg, even if u do lots of hackerrank, u can simply fail the interview if u have never practiced the most frequent interview question like LRU cache which is highlighted on Leetcode
      Dec 31, 2019
    • Microsoft / Eng tatun
      OP
      Gotcha
      Dec 31, 2019
  • IBM PennSt
    2 out of 4 questions at onsite came from LC
    Dec 31, 2019 5
    • IBM PennSt
      The more time you waste in validating, it could have been used to LC. Saying in a funny way. Wish you a happy new year 🎉🍷
      Dec 31, 2019
    • Microsoft / Eng tatun
      OP
      Happy New year to you too.

      I have never used any of these sites in the past, i hope I can keep it that way.

      🤞
      Dec 31, 2019
  • SpaceX / Eng
    darkarchon

    SpaceX Eng

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    darkarchonmore
    Originally all the online judges were based on stdin and stdout. This made questions language agnostic and came from competitive programming. This is fine but requires wasted effort to do boilerplate I/O processing. Leetcode was one of the first to abstract away the I/O by supporting popular languages one by one - letting people focus on the actual problem. Now a ton of sites do this, but leetcode was the first that I can remember.
    Dec 31, 2019 1
    • Microsoft / Eng tatun
      OP
      Makes sense. Thanks
      Dec 31, 2019
  • Boeing DROPTABLE*
    Some google HC’s will literally pick a med/hard from leetcode and change it slightly before giving it to the interviewee
    Dec 31, 2019 1
    • Microsoft / Eng tatun
      OP
      Yes I heard a few.
      Dec 31, 2019

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