What Is Competitive Programming?
Competitive programming is a mind sport usually held over the Internet or a local network, involving participants trying to program according to provided specifications. Contestants are referred to as sport programmers.
Competitive programming helps you learn how to effectively work together, as you must work with others on your team to complete the same task. You learn how to assess your team members’ strengths and weaknesses and effectively divide responsibilities between each other.
Guides To Changing into A Aggressive Programmer:
Step 1: Pick A Programming Language
The First step to becoming a competitive programmer is to choose a programming language to learn like C++, Python, Java, etc.
Step 2: Learn The Basic Concepts Of The Programming Language of your choice.
You must understand the basic concepts such as Loops and Statements, Scope and Functions, OOP, Time and Space complexity, etc.
Step 3: Learn Data Structure:
A data structure is a specialized format for organizing, processing, retrieving, and storing data. Data structure is one of the most important aspects of learning competitive programming. You have to understand topics such as Array, Linked List, Stack, Tree, Heap, Queue, etc
Step 4: Learn Algorithm: an algorithm is a finite sequence of well-defined, computer-implementable instructions, typically to solve a class of specific problems. Competitive programmers are known for their problem-solving skills, which is why it is important to learn algorithms.
Step 5: Practice: Practice everything thing you’ve learned.
Step 6: Take Part in Coding Contest/Challenges: After 2 or 3 months of practice you can participate in any contests. sites such as CodeChef, CodeForces, AtCoder, are used by competitive programmers to test their knowledge. CodeChef is known for long challenge(10 days duration), CookOff(2.5 hrs), LunchTime(3 hrs). Codeforces is known for short duration contests of almost 3hrs long.