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I interviewed in Los Angeles, CA and was asked:
"First Person: Simply high level questions about how to achieve certain things. For example: 1) How would you write a pancake sort routine 2) You have a network of friends (linked in friends, facebook friends, etc). How would you keep track of all the people you are connected to. 3) What is the run time of the A* search (only because I mentioned it somewhere along the line). Second person: 1) Write code to find duplicates in a linked list 2) How would you synchronize a linked list across multiple computers. If nodes are added/removed to a linked list on one computer, all others must reflect this change. Concurrancy must be accounted for"
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(duplicates in a linked list)

public static ArrayList<String> dups(LL l)
    ArrayList<String> dups = new ArrayList<String>();
    Hashtable<String, Integer> h = new Hashtable<String, Integer>();
    while (l != null)
        Integer count = h.get(l.v);
        if (null == count)
            h.set(l.v, 1);
        else if (count.intValue() == 1)
            h.set(l.v, 2);
        l =;
    return dups;
- Rahul on May 4, 2013

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