Vietnam Calling

Day 135 | Sheraton Roofrop, Saigon, Vietnam

The Inmobi hiring challenge was one of HackerEarth’s first successful hiring challenges. It was, in so many ways, our stepping stone to getting to where we are now and where we intend to go from here on. Tied to this landmark challenge, was a boy, Lam Phan Viet, from Vietnam, who was one of the top performers in the challenge. Inmobi even rolled out an offer to him, but things didn’t materialise because of visa issues.

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How Druva hired top talent from the most unlikely places

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Druva, the software backup and security company, has been one of India’s most successful startup stories. From humble beginnings, they have grown to being recognised as one of the emerging world leaders in the space. A large part of how they got there is the team they’ve built. From an engineering standpoint, the company has fostered a culture of excellence. And excellence isn’t common.

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Why are Indians fascinated with a job at Infosys?

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Old Indian uncle to newly placed college grad – “I heard you got placed? Where are you working?” 

College grad to uncle – “I got placed in Google, uncle. I am very happy!” 

Old Indian uncle – “Oh, you didn’t get Infosys?” 

College grad – *Facepalm*

The brand of a company matters a lot, especially when it comes to hiring talent. Infosys, for example, has a brand perception of being a provider of steady livelihood for software engineers. But how did this come to be? How did this company that started off in a room with about 6 people become one of the largest brand names in Indian IT?

To answer this, we must understand a little bit of branding.

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October on HackerEarth

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Image credit – http://hck.re/EYTNl7

October on HackerEarth was a blast. We saw a total of 25 challenges conducted using the HackerEarth platform. These included college contests, non hiring challenges as well as hiring challenges. Glydel, Oyo rooms, SuperProfs and SysCloud hired on HackerEarth. Collectively, the hiring challenges alone attracted 6872 developers from all over india to participate in a completely new concept of hiring. The hiring process ongoing and stay tuned for more updates from that end.

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4 ways to ask for a raise

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Microsoft’s CEO’s comments at the Grace Hopper festival have created quite the furore. In an onstage conversation, celebrated computer scientist Maria Klawe asked the Microsoft chief about how a woman, who’s usually shy of confrontations, should ask for a raise, to which Nadella replied -

“It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise. That might be one of the initial ‘super powers,’ that quite frankly, women (who) don’t ask for a raise have. It’s good karma. It will come back.”

Right.

Of course, Nadella being the amicable leader that he is, almost immediately clarified his statement, and said that he was completely wrong about what he said and that he was inarticulate about it.

But among all this hullabaloo about what a CEO said, the question was left unanswered. So, we at HackerEarth did a little looking around and here are 4 ways to ask for a raise -

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The CodeChef issue

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CodeChef, for anyone in the competitive coding environment, is a very popular platform. The large amounts of content and challenges have for long attracted competitive coders from around the world. So, when we were building the HackerEarth developer profile, it was only obvious that we include a developer’s CodeChef data in it too.

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HackerEarth is on Mobile

Download the Android app here - http://hck.re/vwTkYa

Download the Android app here – http://hck.re/vwTkYa

A lot of our users have often asked us why we’re not on any mobile platform yet. To be fair, the nature of engagement on HackerEarth is something that is best suited for the desktop environment. Think about it, how many developers code on mobile phones?

We questioned that belief and we gave out our code checker engine’s API for free and non commercial use. The community responded overwhelmingly, and several hundred thousand code compilations have been done using the API – on mobile phones!

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What does a computer scientist do at ISRO?

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Image credit – http://hck.re/l9MXiQ

The Indian space research organisation has made the country proud. To put a satellite in Mars’ orbit at a cost lesser than the budgets of many Hollywood movies is an amazing feat. That too, in its first attempt.

It’s a big deal. Our audience at HackerEarth is predominantly that of software engineers, given the cool things that ISRO is doing currently, it is only normal to want to work for the organisation.

For the typical software engineers, the work at ISRO might not be as exciting as you think it is. In a recent Reddit AMA by 3 ISRO scientist, the question was asked on what it is like to work at ISRO for a software engineer -

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Python vs Ruby?

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So the question is Python Vs Ruby. Before we actually make a choice on this, let’s just say that there is a lot of talk about this and to an extent you could say that the debate has been laid to rest. However, here in India, apart from the the small fraction of people involved in competitive coding or open source contributions, this is still a burning question. Which of these two languages, which is rapidly increasing in popularity, should one learn to get a job?

India is an interesting programming ecosystem. Most software skill adoption is directly related to its usefulness in landing a job. I have personally come across students who’ve told me that they’d been advised to learn python or ruby over the other, because it will help them get a job. They aren’t wrong, as they’re speaking from what they know.

But let’s do some research. To understand why a job would require you to learn one of these languages, I think it is important to understand the differences between the two languages.

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Engineer’s day is for everyone.

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The 15th of September is celebrated as Engineer’s Day in memory of India’s engineering icon M. Visvesvaraya. A highly disciplined engineer, he was known for his sincerity, time management and unsurpassable devotion to a cause. He was a civil engineer and his work involved everything from building roadways, to dams and anti flood systems.

In his life as an engineer, Visvesvaraya engineered many systems to reality. Here are some of his great achievements -

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