atharva

Deep cleaning CS education in India

This is going to be my last year as an undergrad. Now that my course work is more or less done, and the last of my yearly fees goes into the void, I wanted to share my ideal vision for deep cleaning this mess we call higher education. What I shall describe is an unrealistic pipe dream with many holes,...

The CON Mindset

Like any good pretentious psychologist, let me add a label to generalize a phenomenon that I commonly witness around me.It's called the Career-Or-Nothing mindset, or the CON mindset, which is best said while swirling a glass of fancy wine.It’s fairly common among young people in developing countries. I used to hold this mindset at some point as well. Its main...

Is the competitive programming industry doomed to implode?

Disclaimer: much speculation. @ me on twitter to argue.Competitive coding as an industry has really grown in the early 2000s. I am not sure who decided to adopt this format for interviewing. It's impossible to dig up any history on this thing. Search engines only spam me with a ton of resources on how to crack them as soon as...

Thoughts on the GitHub Campus Expert program

A few people have come to me to ask about GitHub's Campus Expert program, since they have started fresh applications. Here's my unfiltered thoughts on it.It's not an ambassador programThis is a fairly common misconception. Being a GitHub Campus Expert does not mean you have to become a corporate shill for GitHub, unlike other "ambassador" programs. This is truly the...