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By Whistle, history, 5 years ago, In English

Why do you do competitive programming?

I know most of you does it for fun, but when it comes to practicing 5+ hours a day, I don’t think it should be just for fun (or you’d be wasting your time).

What do you think competitive programming would do for you? Get you to a college? A dream job?

One month ago (and until now) I’m practicing for minimum 3 hours a day, and this really affected my school grades. I don’t have much time for studying anymore. However I’m doing it to improve my skills in order to be able to achieve a medal in the IOI, which would boost my admission to one of the top colleges.

I was wondering what do you think, and why do you do it?

 
 
 
 
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When I started, it was just because a friend of mine recruited me for ICPC. Back then, for me, it wasn't even a hobby. But, after I started participated in a few contests, I couldn't not participate. In fact, competitive coding has become a sort of "fixed point" for me. I cannot not do it (Even though I do not perform very well :p). Taking part in a contest is intrinsically fun. In fact, contests are what kept me going during hard times. A good contest washes away any and all baggage.

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I do it mostly for the fun of it .

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I do it mostly I like it.I think I can challenge myself when I do it.And I think this is a very cool thing that I can learn programming together with others from all the world.

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somehow this blog has very less comments(probably because it is 5 years old) and I was looking for more answers to the very question why do you do competitive programming?

I personally love CP(not exactly the competition part of it but the solving problems part), however I no longer get enough time to do it.

just wanted to read more answers to this, so writing a comment and bringing the blog in recent actions :P

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To get job in FAANG , And have better future .

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To get WA on pretest 2

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    Coz it's always better to get WA on pretest 2, than get Accepted and fail on system tests later

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Shuru majboori mei kiye the, par abb majaa aa rahaa hai..
(Translation : Started in compulsion, but now enjoying it.)

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"To get placed in FAANG or big MNCs"

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    Wait.... I thought CP is a good way to spend time if you are jobless.

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To forget about life for a while.

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I am here because I love problem-solving! and to develop my skills, My target is to get excellence to my skills.

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My profile picture is the answer ;)

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Besides the fact that problem solving is cool and there are some really amazing "Eureka!" moments, it's also a great way to challenge yourself, to try to reach and even exceed your limits. Also, I love the competitive side of it (and even more when I get a big delta on a CF round :) ).