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System Design Interview – An Insider's Guide

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Published June 10th 2020
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Avraam Mavridis
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
5/5 for the content.
2/5 for the layout and the quality of the printing.

The content is great, I wish there were more books like this one. Most of the books have theory and not enough or not at all practical examples. Alex put 16 great exercises for system design. I would also say that the title doesn't help the book, either you plan to go to interviews or not, the book will teach you how to think about system design. One thing it may misses is to talk a bit about Cloud Economics and how someone s
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Sergey Machulskis
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The best collection of "real-world" system designs I've ever seen. The author teaches concepts frequently appearing in distributed systems, and does it step-by-step. I wish I saw this book earlier. ...more
Raghav Wuppukonduru
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reliable info to explore the system design

All concepts are very well written in easy understanding language with interesting real time scenarios on system designing. Definitely at the end of the book you feel that learned something useful
Julia
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the best resource I could find for system design interviews online. It has a lot of details and I especially appreciate the diagrams. It covers so many popular interview questions: key value store, news feed, video streaming, tiny url, rate limiter, auto complete, web crawler, notification system etc. It helped me get my job offer at a big Tech company where I was asked about key value store. This is obviously a must-have book to prepare for SWE /SDE interviews. I strongly recommend this ...more
Stijn
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
May be worth it if you're looking for an index/collection of interview design problems in case one does not know where to start. The writing is terrible, and the actual content differs widely in quality per chapter.

In addition, my print had a white stripe running from top to bottom of the page across the text wiping out 1 letter on each line. So the publishing quality of my copy was low. This book seems to get a lot of unjustified hype recently.
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Nicolas Rotta
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Very expensive, repetitive, and lacks details in crucial areas (while having lots of details around non critical topics)
Vanya Rohatgi
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really easy to understand.
Olena Sovyn
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book to start learning more about the subject. Some might say that it repeats itself too much, I, however, find that it contains quite well-connected information
Yi
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great resource to understand and practice system design knowledges for incoming interviews. The book is well constructed and fulfilled with detailed examples.

Highly recommended.
Ned Lindau
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Accessible intro to software systems design.
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