Mikel  Okuneva

Mikel Okuneva

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System Design Interview Tips

The system design interview provides the key signals that differentiate a tech lead from programmers. Here’s some tips may help you ace it.

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Pre-Interview Preparation

When preparing, thinking about how to design a system that top-tier tech companies have(Google, Twitter, Amazon, Uber, etc).

Proactively picking some classic questions, like Twitter Feeds, Snapchat messaging, Dropbox file system, to exercise. Over-preparing and ensure you are familiar with these major scenarios.

“Drive the discussion from the beginning.”

Explore The Restraints

After the interviewer throwing out the question, like “Design a Load Balancer for Twitter”.

Do NOT rush to the solution.

The very first thing you need to do is to get clarity about the system’s requirements and constraints:

  • How many users we are talking about?
  • How many tweets sent per sec?
  • What are the latency requirements?
  • How are we going to store the data?
  • Clients are mobile or desktop?
  • Clients are Push or Pull model?
  • How many data centers we are talking about?

In reality, the quality of these exploring questions reflects the candidate’s experience level.

Complete Your Solution

Now that you have the clarity of the system’s requirements, continue to drive the discussion.

The next step is to write down the first version of a complete solution.

On a high level, a reasonable solution should include all the components that receive, process, and store the data. Specifically, we need to write down:

  • Al the components’ key responsibility(E2E)
  • Key data schemas
  • Key algorithms of processing data, like load balancing algorithm
  • How the system monitor and handle errors/exceptions

Then validate this solution with the interviewer, ensure the it satisfy the key business requirements. Sometimes it also involves a bit calculation to persuade the interviewer.

Optimize

After having the 1st version solution nailed, the interview will usually go into the “Deep Dive” section. The interviewer will come up with a special requirement, and ask the candidate to adjust their design to ensure its system survive in this scenario.

For instances:

  • The QPS is very high
  • Read is 10x than write
  • Prioritize latency over accuracy
  • Ensure data security

There’s no one-fits-all answer at this stage. The interviewer really needs to leverage his/her experience and resolve it.

However, there’s one thing each candidate should keep in mind.

“Think in trade-offs”.

No matter what solution you propose, always write down its pros and cons. What makes it work and what to sacrifice to meet this goal. That’s the key signal of an experienced engineer.

Ending

Unlike the coding interview, there’re hundreds of ways a system design interview could go. But no matter what scenarios you’re in, I wish tips mentioned above could help you navigate to the ideal destination.

#software-development #system-design-project #system-design-interview #interview

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Brain  Crist

Brain Crist

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BEING HONEST an essential UX interview tip

In this article, I share what I think is one of the best tips when it comes to design interviews.

As a junior UX designer, I’ve been asked a few times by my peers: what is the most essential UX interview tip I have?

Well, to this question I have a very simple answer,** just be honest**… well, this might sound like a no brainer, but it seems to me that not many junior designers know about it or want to apply it.

I had the chance to speak with a few designers and I discovered that some tend towards being a little bit insincere when going through interviews for design positions. It’s normal to be intimidated when going through an interview process and you might want to act as if you have more experience than you have to secure the job.

Well, I’m here to suggest that that’s not the right approach. I fact, recruiters know in advance that as a junior designer you won’t have many years worth of experience so instead of being insincere it’s better to show up with an open mindset and being honest.

A mindset of learning and improving is always welcomed and valued in today’s world. Simple answers like “I might not know X because I’ve haven’t had the chance to get at it but I can learn it as I’m an avid Lerner” go a long way with recruiters.

Put yourself on your recruiter’s shoes, would you rather employ someone “that answers to 90% of the requirements’’ but doesn’t show a growth mindset, or would you employ someone “that answers to 70% of the requirements’’ but shows it’s the thirst for learning and improving?

That’s not to say that you’ll show up with no qualifications at all. You still have to have a certain level of expertise. “Don’t be the guy with 30hrs of experience using Sketch and 1hr of prototyping experience calling himself a UX designer”.

Some skills can be rapidly learned with just a little bit of discipline and will so don’t be afraid to answer with a no if you haven’t had experience with certain techniques due to lack of opportunity of doing so, for example. It’s always easier to learn something new than being perceived as untrustworthy because you said you were qualified to do something but you finally weren’t.

keep in mind that being sincere is always the way… not just during job interviews but in life. Anytime you’re being insincere to achieve something, most probably, the lie will end catching you back and having the opposite effect you wanted it to have.

Anyway, I’ll stop with my “life lessons” and I’ll wish you a very successful interview.

Hopefully, this little advice does help you.

#design-interview #job-interview #system-design-interview #job-interview-tips #ux-interview

Ajay Kapoor

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Web Designing Tips To Make Your Website A Success - PixelCrayons

Do you know that 38% of your website visitors will stop engaging with your site? Pondering why? It happens because the layout or design of your website is not attractive or appealing. And the website that is not well-designed tends to perform poorly as well as results in higher bounce rates. Web Designing Tips

Website designing can be unexpectedly tricky as in the present time; we need a website that should have not only an appealing and attractive look but also has fantastic usability. It should deliver the right information and establish the company as a brand in the market.

We cannot deny the fact that effective web design is judged by the users of the website. And according to a recent web development stat, 48% of people say that the design of the website is the primary factor in determining the credibility of your business.

You might be thinking about the importance of good web design. To successfully achieve these objectives of effective website design & development, you must follow some principles to stand out amongst the competitors.

Read the full blog here

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Ajay Kapoor

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5 Top Web Design and Development Tips for an Awesome Web App

First impression is the last impression. This statement is absolutely correct when we talk about web design and development. In this blog, let us talk about the tips for a great web web app.

Web application development has come a long way since the beginning of the World Wide Web. The web environment today uses HTML and CSS to view data and content to users while JavaScript is used to interact with the client.

Did you know that when a visitor arrives on your website, you have about five seconds (or less) to capture their attention and keep them where they are? That’s not a whole lot of time to impress someone, so if your load time is not perfect or your site’s navigation is all over the place, you can say goodbye to your visitors.

Believe it or not, the rapidly changing world of technology is not helping with this, either. New trends can easily make your website outdated and render it all but useless, leaving you with fewer visitors than you started with.

So, now the below questions arise:

How are you supposed to fix this issue and keep your visitors?

How do you create a website that looks good, functions perfectly, and communicates your message clearly?

Developers and designers have various approaches to improve web design. Regardless of whether you have a perfect, smooth, and proficient site, that doesn’t mean it will suitable always.

You ought to consistently consider site improvement thoughts as time passes by.

Read the full blog here

Web design company in India

#web-design-tips #web-designing-tips #website-design-tips #website-designing-tips #web-development-tips

Mikel  Okuneva

Mikel Okuneva

1597179600

System Design Interview Tips

The system design interview provides the key signals that differentiate a tech lead from programmers. Here’s some tips may help you ace it.

Image for post

Image from Quora

Pre-Interview Preparation

When preparing, thinking about how to design a system that top-tier tech companies have(Google, Twitter, Amazon, Uber, etc).

Proactively picking some classic questions, like Twitter Feeds, Snapchat messaging, Dropbox file system, to exercise. Over-preparing and ensure you are familiar with these major scenarios.

“Drive the discussion from the beginning.”

Explore The Restraints

After the interviewer throwing out the question, like “Design a Load Balancer for Twitter”.

Do NOT rush to the solution.

The very first thing you need to do is to get clarity about the system’s requirements and constraints:

  • How many users we are talking about?
  • How many tweets sent per sec?
  • What are the latency requirements?
  • How are we going to store the data?
  • Clients are mobile or desktop?
  • Clients are Push or Pull model?
  • How many data centers we are talking about?

In reality, the quality of these exploring questions reflects the candidate’s experience level.

Complete Your Solution

Now that you have the clarity of the system’s requirements, continue to drive the discussion.

The next step is to write down the first version of a complete solution.

On a high level, a reasonable solution should include all the components that receive, process, and store the data. Specifically, we need to write down:

  • Al the components’ key responsibility(E2E)
  • Key data schemas
  • Key algorithms of processing data, like load balancing algorithm
  • How the system monitor and handle errors/exceptions

Then validate this solution with the interviewer, ensure the it satisfy the key business requirements. Sometimes it also involves a bit calculation to persuade the interviewer.

Optimize

After having the 1st version solution nailed, the interview will usually go into the “Deep Dive” section. The interviewer will come up with a special requirement, and ask the candidate to adjust their design to ensure its system survive in this scenario.

For instances:

  • The QPS is very high
  • Read is 10x than write
  • Prioritize latency over accuracy
  • Ensure data security

There’s no one-fits-all answer at this stage. The interviewer really needs to leverage his/her experience and resolve it.

However, there’s one thing each candidate should keep in mind.

“Think in trade-offs”.

No matter what solution you propose, always write down its pros and cons. What makes it work and what to sacrifice to meet this goal. That’s the key signal of an experienced engineer.

Ending

Unlike the coding interview, there’re hundreds of ways a system design interview could go. But no matter what scenarios you’re in, I wish tips mentioned above could help you navigate to the ideal destination.

#software-development #system-design-project #system-design-interview #interview

Brain  Crist

Brain Crist

1600304400

My System Design Interview Checklist in 8 Simple Steps

That dreaded system design interview. I remember the first system design question I was asked. “Design WhatsApp”, he said. I didn’t know where to start! I was a fresher. Data structures and algorithms were the only things I knew. I am sure you can guess how that interview went. Then after enough research, I made myself a checklist of components, of sorts, to navigate me through my next system design interviews. And I sh*t you not, it works!

So I’ll stop with the chit-chat and get right into it!

1. User Interface

First things first, how are the users interacting with your system? Is it via a mobile app or on a laptop or a smart TV? This gives us an indication of what kinds of limitations and hidden requirements we are dealing with. For example, in the case of a mobile user, we might have to handle fluctuating networks, for a smart TV and laptop users kind of a scenario we might have to support different file formats and different resolutions and aspect ratios.

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