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Making an Advent of Code solution for beginners!

callmetarush profile image Tarush Nagpal ・1 min read

What is Advent of Code? a fun series of coding challenges all through december! (If you don't know about them, Check it out!)

So I was going through most of the solutions for advent of code and some seemed really complex with no descriptions so I thought to myself why not make a beginner friendly solution for the Advent of Code where I explain the concepts and give out the code in simple python!

The Repo!

I'm no expert in python and this would be a fun way to get comfortable with the language as well and help the community.

This is the first time I'm doing something like this, if you have any tips or suggestions please Let me know! Any help is appreciated.

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Harsh Verma

Was waiting for something like this! Thanks!

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Jon Bristow • Edited

My only request would be to make the solutions be one click inward, while the initial readme could be concerned with a rundown of the mechanics of reading your input file, how to submit an answer, rundown of the mechanics of the second answer, etc. Get people most of the way there, but gate the spoilers at least one click away from the landing page just so people don't get unintentionally spoiled. (Some people care about this... 🤷‍♂️)

It's definitely a good idea, I'll try to take notes while I work tonight to help add my own thoughts to my repo, which tends to be a little arcane looking. Definitely hard, though, once you're trying to get closer to the leaderboard. Being 2000th after a 7 minute solve is a bit of a letdown, but each question bleeds almost half the participants!

I come back to the past year problems whenever I need to stretch my skills in a language and I've run out of exercisms. Some day I'll finish my swi-prolog take on 2015.

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Tarush Nagpal Author

Thanks for the reply! Looking forward on what you have to add! This is my first year competing and it's extremely fun! Hoping for a good rank though, messed up on my first two days.

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Stacy Montemayor

Thanks for doing this!