Completed half of the Basic Algorithm Challenges - is it too fast?

Completed half of the Basic Algorithm Challenges - is it too fast?
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#1

Hello, everybody!

I have started being active on Free Code Camp around a week ago. I completed the introduction quite easily as I have already had some familiarity with HTML, CSS and a bit of JavaScript.

However, I am still quite a newbie. In the past two days, I have completed half of the basic algorithm challenges. What is your opinion about this progress? Is it too fast? Should I move more slowly? I always make sure to take notes and remember new methods and features, as well as understand the code fully before moving on. Still, I am a bit unsure about the pace - on the site 50 hours is listed for these challenges, and considering this speed, I am going to finish them in around 8 hours total.

By the way, it is such a pleasure being a member of FCC community! The curriculum, chat, forum - everything is incredible!
Thank you @QuincyLarson for making this possible! :slight_smile:


#2

I don’t think there’s such a thing as too fast as long as you get it done and understand it. It’s possible the hours listed refer to complete coding newbies who have never written anything and it’s a rough estimate - it took me only a few hours to get through the basics - because I had some history

However, it’ll get harder, when you get to the intermediates - i promise :slight_smile:


#3

Hi, @Milos2709. I wouldn’t say it’s too fast. If you can blaze through the algorithm challenges then blaze through them! I did that too (though now I’m at a bit of a snail’s pace in the projects :sweat_smile:, but that’s just me ). But do try to understand how your code does it’s job.

This one :smiling_imp:


#4

I actually was cruising along pretty well - the primes one I had actually solved earlier on project euler - but then that stupid common multiples one - and i’ve seen people talk about the ‘change making one’ - i’m not looking forward to that.


#6

he’s got a point there - i suck at design - like terribly - so while i did the tribute page i never did the portfolio page (plus i don’t have much for a portfolio right now save for a link to in progress github projects in ruby on rails) - and doing JSON requests got tiresome so I skipped the wikipedia one and twitc.tv one - i’ll go back to them at some point so i can get the certificate if i make it that far - but he’s right - enjoy the easy parts


#7

@Milos2709, I would work at the pace most comfortable to you, but I also think there is something to be said for slowing down and taking time to absorb concepts that might be new. Sometimes I try to go back and look at challenges I completed in the past so I don’t lose too much as I fly through the exercises.


#8

Everyone learns at a different pace, nothing is wrong with being a fast learner. Just enjoy it. If you feel like you’re not being challenged enough, you can try out the “easy” problems on interview practice sites like leetcode.


#9

Thank you everybody for your sincere and detailed answers. I really appreciate it. I can’t wait to get to the intermediate algorithms and projects! I really like a challenge. :slight_smile:

@vkg Thanks for the site. It seems really great! :smile:


#10

Great question. I’ve had the same question. Blazing through the first part and in need of more challenge. Great answers too.


#11

You’ll get it - trust me
I will admit that the first ‘challenging’ exercise was the smallest common multiple exercise in the intermediate algorithm exercises - i’d call that the inflection point


#12

And the steamroller is the real killer (for me at least)


#13

I don’t believe I’ve gotten to that one yet - the smallest common multiple one i mentioned i JUST finished on wednesday night (well realy thursday morning at 1 am) so i took yesterday off from coding (i really have to start working on my resume too - but hey) and haven’t looked at rails for the 10 days i’ve been doing this so I don’t know when i’ll hit the steam roller one.


#14

It’s not too far off from smallest common multiple (and not too far off from the last intermediate algorithm challenge either)


#15

I’ve seen people in the javascript chat room ask about the ‘change’ one as well - which is not only complicated looking the instructions are in need of improvement :slight_smile:


#16

I don’t like that one, because of all the floating points.


#17

floating points are easy to eliminate - you’ve got math floor, you’ve got parseInt - floating points aren’t too hard - they are sadly an issue of programming inexactness with numbers


#18

You’re welcome. I hope it gives you ideas for more advanced topics you can study. I find some of the easy problems actually easy but many really need you to review a data structures texbook :relaxed: For more basic exercises there is also codingbat or nodingbat.