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Uthsob Chakraborty
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Advent of Code: Intro to Programming Puzzles and Problem-Solving Delights

Advent of Code is an annual programming event that takes place in the month of December. It starts from December 1 and Ends on the 25th. It consists of 25 small programming puzzles that are released one day at a time. The puzzles are designed to be challenging but solvable, and they cover a wide range of topics, from algorithms and data structures to mathematics and cryptography.

How does Advent of Code work?

To participate in Advent of Code, you will need to create an account on the Advent of Code website. Once you have an account, you can log in each day to view the new puzzle. Each puzzle consists of a description of the problem and a set of input data. Your task is to write a program that produces the correct output for the given input data.

Why to participate in Advent of Code?

Advent of Code is not a competition with others. Rather its a game for programmer.As mentioned earlier, it's just puzzle-solving with programming. By solving complex puzzle you can sharp your brain for learning complex things. You will learn new algorithms and data structures and improve your problem-solving and complex thinking skill. This teaches not only how to code well but also how to think well. Advent of Code is mainly designed for getting into spirit of coding in holiday. Since it's designed for the holiday season, many people learn new programming languages and apply their knowledge by solving puzzles. And most importantly AOC(Advent of Code) make us realize that code is for fun and how to enjoy coding.

What makes different than Competitive Programming:

Competitive programming and Advent of Code are both programming events, but they have different goals and formats. Competitive programming is a sport in which programmers compete to solve algorithmic problems as quickly and efficiently as possible. AOC is a more casual event that is designed to be fun and accessible to programmers of all skill levels.

How to Participate:
Advent of Code is a web-based event that is open to anyone who can write code. There is no registration or fee required to participate. The puzzles are released at midnight UTC each day, and you have until the next day to submit your solution.

How to participate in Advent of Code:

If you are interested in participating in Advent of Code, the first thing you need to do is create an account on the Advent of Code website Once you have an account, you can log in each day to view the new puzzle.

Here are some additional tips for getting started with Advent of Code:

  • Choose a programming language that you are comfortable with. You can use any programming language that you like, but it is important to choose a language that you are familiar with. This will make it easier to focus on solving the puzzles, rather than on learning a new language.
  • Start with the early puzzles. The early puzzles are typically easier than the later puzzles. This will give you a chance to get used to the format of the puzzles and to learn the basic concepts that you will need to solve the later puzzles.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you are stuck on a puzzle, don't be afraid to ask for help. There are many online forums and communities where you can ask for help from other participants.
  • Check previous years puzzles To get complete idea of the format of Advent of Code and get started grinding you should check out old puzzles first. To checkout old problems-

So Start your Adventure on Coding Puzzles with Advent of Code. I wish you best of luck.

Happy coding!

Top comments (4)

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Shahriar Ahmed Shovon

Loved the article. Started to explore previous year's puzzles.

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Uthsob Chakraborty

Thanks Shovon

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Zahin Zawad

Great work!
Big fan bro!!

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Shakil Ahmed

Nice introduction for AOC 👌