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A review of Coderbyte as a software engineer interview prep tool

Hi, I’m Brian, a former senior software engineer and now software engineering advisor at Pathrise. I work with hundreds of software engineers to help them land their dream job. Check out my review of Coderbyte.

What does Coderbyte do?

Coderbyte is an online collection of algorithm and full-stack coding challenges and interview kits. Users can use 15+ languages including React, Python, and SQL and solve the problems directly in their online editor. The challenges come with official solutions and tens of thousands of user solutions and discussions. There are also tutorials on topics like advanced JavaScript features, data structures, and algorithm interview questions. Some of their services are free. The rest are part of a paid membership.

Users first create a profile. They are rated on their skills in programming language abilities, data structures, and algorithms. The rating order goes from beginning to expert. Users can move up through the ranks by solving challenges with good scores. The challenge topics correlate with the amount that the user’s ranking increases. For example, solving medium challenges will get your data structures rating up because these challenges require more data structures to be implemented (e.g. binary trees, queues, matrices).

Users can also practice for coding interviews at specific companies that Coderbyte features. Some examples are Microsoft and Google. They also have generic interview prep.

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Who is Coderbyte for?

Software engineers who are looking to prepare for technical interviews to get into coding bootcamps like Hack Reactor can use the specific questions to practice for admissions. Those who are looking to prepare for language-based interview questions and technical interview questions can work through specific modules on those topics. Finally, users who are less advanced can take 1-week free classes in Javascript, Ruby, Python, and full-stack development.

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What does Coderbyte cost? How much work is involved?

Some of the tutorials and challenges on Coderbyte are free. Alternatively, the rest are part of a paid membership. Users can pay $29 for 14 days, $35 per month, $79 for 90 days, or an annual subscription of $150. Members have access to 300+ coding challenges, interview kits and mock interviews, the official step-by-step solution guides for harder challenges, and thousands of user solutions.

Ratings and reviews

Coderbyte has been featured as a top coding challenge website by gitconnected. This is a platform for developers and software engineers to share knowledge, connect, collaborate, and learn. They specifically like that Coderbyte allows users to view official solutions and user-submitted solutions, giving people additional ways to learn. Coderbyte is also on freeCodeCamp’s list of top coding challenge websites.

Most people seem to generally enjoy Coderbyte. The main piece of feedback is that there are similar, free services online that people can use instead of paying for Coderbyte. 

Alternatives to Coderbyte

There are other websites that compile software engineering questions, similar to Coderbyte.

  • A good option is AlgoExpert. This is a platform where software engineers can practice questions that cover a variety of interview topics.
  • Created by a former Google software engineer, Interview Cake is a study tool that teaches people the right way to think about technical questions so they do well in interviews. Read more about Interview Cake in our review.
  • Similarly, Codebasil features questions written by software engineers at top tech companies like Facebook, Apple, and Amazon.
  • Leetcode is similar. Most people who use Leetcode feel that the questions are more geared towards real work. Therefore, they are often better practice for technical interviews.
  • HackerRank is a platform that companies often use to assess candidates. So, people often use the practice questions to get a sense of what they will be tested on and to work in that environment.
  • Similarly, employers use CodeSignal to test candidates. But, software engineers can also use it to practice technical questions and actually connect with hiring managers by applying to jobs through the challenges.
  • If you are looking for technical questions directly in your email, Daily Coding Problem is a newsletter that sends 1 problem a day and the solutions for those who subscribe.
  • Similarly, Quastor sends out a daily newsletter with software engineering interview questions. They also have a free online course.
  • For those looking to practice Java, Python, and more, check out Learneroo, a platform with interview questions and solutions.
  • Software engineers can use the tracks offered by Educative to brush up on skills or practice for specific-language interviews.
More alternatives to Coderbyte
  • Codewars is a user-generated alternative. That means that the community writes all of the challenges.
  • Those looking to participate in mock interviews with software engineers at top tech companies should check out Learn more about in our review.
  • Pramp, Tech Mock Interview, and Gainlo are other resources for software engineers looking for mock interview prep with their peers or anonymous engineers.
  • For people looking to prep with real world problems, CodeKata provides challenges that mimic requests from real tech companies.
  • CodinGame makes coding challenges more fun by gamifying them.
  • You can also check out CodeChef and Edabit for free online communities and platforms to practice software engineering technical questions.
  • With exercises in Python and JavaScript for beginners and advanced engineers, CheckiO is a good free resource to check out.

We compiled a list of resources to practice software engineer interview questions that you can use to decide the best one for you. You can also check out our list of 93 software engineering interview questions from top tech companies to practice.

How does Coderbyte compare to Pathrise?

Coderbyte is a good tool for software engineers of all skill levels to use in preparation for their technical interviews. The questions are well organized for users to learn new skills or advance their current interests so that they are ready for whatever is thrown at them in technical challenges. 

At Pathrise, we are focused on helping our fellows with the entire job search. Part of that is mastering the technical interview and so we recommend that software engineers in the program practice these types of questions as much as possible so they can go into their interviews with confidence. Sometimes, fellows come back from technical interviews saying that the problem they were assigned was similar to a problem they did in practice, so it is extremely important to utilize online practice platforms. This means there is a good opportunity for people to use Coderbyte and Pathrise together, as Coderbyte can help with technical advancement and Pathrise can help with everything else needed to find the best possible job for a software engineer.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and young professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. With our tips and guidance, we’ve seen our fellows interview performance scores double.

If you want to work with any of our advisors 1-on-1 to get help with your software engineer interviews or with any other aspect of the job search, become a Pathrise fellow. 

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