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This is a discussion on Practice within the C++ Programming forums, part of the General Programming Boards category; I don't know if this is a common problem or not. Essentially I've been programming "on and off" for some ...

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    I don't know if this is a common problem or not. Essentially I've been programming "on and off" for some time. I'm generally familiar with all the syntax and can complete many basic tasks with a reference text somewhere near by. The problem though, is that I can never seem to become as conversant in the language as I would like to be, mainly because I keep taking on things which are too large, and I never finish.

    Like many things I feel like you make a completely separate mental connection while reading about programming as opposed to actually doing it. So I was wondering if there was maybe a reference someone knew about (I couldn't find one in the tutorials) that had a list of practice exercises to complete, say like 10 or 20 in increasing order of difficulty. Kind of like the thing you would get in a college programming class, but you know, without tuition costs or time constraints that would interfere with my day job. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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    http://www.topcoder.com/
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    http://online-judge.uva.es/problemset/
    A range of problems from pretty simple to very difficult, with only the satisfaction of you knowing you can do it.

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    Try http://www.amazon.com/Puzzle-Book-Al.../dp/0201604612. If you can work through this and understand what and why for the solutions, you will have no problem working as a C programmer in anybody's shop.
    I would use some of these during interviews - I was always surprised when developers with 10+ years experience would fall flat on their face.

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    I would use some of these during interviews - I was always surprised when developers with 10+ years experience would fall flat on their face.
    Except that that is a C programming puzzle book, so it would not test things that are C++ specific. Consequently, a person may pass a test based on that book but fall flat on their face on the job.
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