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From: Nile
Sent on: Saturday, September 19, 2009 12:28 AM

Hi Ambrose!

I pulled out some of my own studying materials from my own Amazon interview preparation. If you're still interested, here's a little more detail on some great resources aside from the careercup site that helped me.?

Most important is still algorithms and basic interviewing
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Programming Interviews exposed (simple book but a *very* good flavor of what Amazon interviews are like)

High availability and handling network partitions (Amazon almost always chooses availability and partitioning over consistency):
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Tradeoffs between consistency, availability, and partitions (i.e., the CAP theorem)
* e.g., problems with traditional databases
How to handle network partitions
* a machine in one data center goes down, how do you handle it
Concurrency vs. Consistency
* locks, synchronization
* read/write threading pattern
* blocking queues
How distributed hashes, key/value stores, distributed caches, consistent hashing, etc. works
Using distributed queues (like SQS) to handle services failing
Understanding the topics in highscalability.com

See you tomorrow,

Nile





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