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ABC Systems Analyst Interview Question

"Write a function that checks if a number's divisors sum up to that number, i.e. whether it's a perfect number or not."
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This is what my function ended up looking like. I know it's a naive implementation but I figured that solving it was more important than efficiency. How wrong I was...

bool isPerfect(int value) {
    int i, total = 0;
    for (i = 1; i <= value; i++) {
        if (value % i == 0) {
            total += i;
    if (total == value) {
        return TRUE;
    } else {
        return FALSE;

When I was done, the guy asked me what I could do to improve the efficiency of the programme. For example, how would you make it so you could calculate, say, 4,000,000 trivially? I stumbled on this part and, after a few minutes of no progress, he decided to give me a different question.

- Interview Candidate on Apr 20, 2011

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