So very disappointed…

So, I’ve been using HackerRank quite a bit recently, and as I’ve been delving deeper into the Python ‘domain’, I’ve been getting more and more disappointed by it. Not by python, but by the site and it’s ‘testing problems’.

By that I mean the problem explanations can be somewhat vague or even sparse in the explanation of what they are looking for, and the test cases are for the simplest answer, and while I don’t expect them to cover every test case (especially in the samples), 2 or 3 different ones that cover some of the variants to me are expected, as to me, this site is about the learning process.

And once you do solve it, they don’t do well at explaining why they did what they did, just that they did.

To me, it makes the learning process tedious…

But I digress…

But not really…

Because I was then like, well, its a new week, I’ll jump on edX and work on this weeks lessons for MITs Python course (as discussed here and here), so I log in, and what do I behold?!

Week 4
No new materials out this week. Catch up on your problem sets!

So no luck there either…

Luckily for me, I was listening to my current favorite python podcast Talk Python to Me… more specifically, this podcast about CheckIO.org, a python ‘game’ testing site. I’m liking this a lot as well, and currently, more so than HackerRank.

Tomorrow, I will post a programming update on where I rank on the various sites!

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