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The meetup location changed from Galvanize to Dev Mountain. The new address is 4600 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034.
WARNING: Don't click the map on meetup.com, it leads you to a weird place. If you use Google Maps it's better to paste the exact address into the app: 4600 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
About this Meetup
Note: You need to bring your own computer for this meetup.
Another Note: In this group I often recommend that you use free online services to practice coding challenges. But not everyone wants to give out their email. In case you don't want to give your email to LeetCode, Hackerrank, FreeCodeCamp, etc., one option is to make a throwaway email account on 10 Minute Mail. https://10minutemail.com/10MinuteMail/index.html If you use a throwaway email, you should be able to submit your code and see if it passes the test cases without getting unwanted emails.
Before the meetup happens I will update this description with some code challenges that we can work on. Ideally we will discuss our approach, talk about efficiency, and generally help each other out. There is a projector so we can share our code with the classroom.
This is an open-ended group where you can either choose your own tasks to work on, or work on the problems that I pick out. Each week I choose 3 or 4 code challenges that are variations on a theme. I will be working on those problems and those of us that finish them usually talk a little bit about our approach, our Big O notation, etc.
If you are learning a programming language for the first time, here are some beginner-level problem sets to work on:
Here are some more problem sets to practice Python:
As far as online courses for interview prep are concerned, I've also read that Firecode.io is nice because it determines what level you are at, then shows you exactly one problem at a time, instead of giving you hundreds of problems to choose from like other sites do.
The topic for July 7 is strings.
These require looping and conditional statements, so you might want to review those if you are not yet comfortable with them.
Here's a common coding challenge in which we write a function that checks if a string is a palindrome.
Here's the same problem with a twist to make it just a little bit harder:
And if those are too easy, here's a more challenging one.