I know it's just a contest and a lot of the problems are made up but I really worry about things like this. Judging from the number of people with performance questions on this site and the folks/problems I run into in real life, there are enough people that don't understand how bad all-in-one queries can be.
I liked (haven't been there in a while) Phil Factor's "Speed Phreak" challenges a lot better. They allowed folks to use some very effective "Divide-n-Conquer" methods.
is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for R
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code: Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
Although they tell us that they want it real bad, our primary goal is to ensure that we dont actually give it to them that way.
Although change is inevitable, change for the better is not.
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