System Design Interview – An insider’s guide Xu, Alex Libros

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20 reviews for System Design Interview – An insider’s guide Xu, Alex Libros

  1. Vikas

    Excellent book for providing system design.

  2. Vikas

    Excellent book for providing system design.

  3. Amazon Customer

    This is the perfect summary of how a system design interview book should look like. Others sway a lot from the topic. If you want to widen your breadth then see the “System Design Interview – Step by Step Guide” on youtube along with this book. That’s it. Grokking the System Design Interview course is also good addon. However, this book covers the topic simply and if you want to go deeper then follow the references at the end of each chapter. Those are pretty nice reads. I’d say this book helped me get my first FAANG (along with Leetcode obviously). Best of luck.

  4. Amazon Customer

    This is the perfect summary of how a system design interview book should look like. Others sway a lot from the topic. If you want to widen your breadth then see the “System Design Interview – Step by Step Guide” on youtube along with this book. That’s it. Grokking the System Design Interview course is also good addon. However, this book covers the topic simply and if you want to go deeper then follow the references at the end of each chapter. Those are pretty nice reads. I’d say this book helped me get my first FAANG (along with Leetcode obviously). Best of luck.

  5. Kindle Customer

    Incredible insight into how many of the biggest websites in the world work, their data flow, scalability and fault tolerance. The book is framed from the point of view of someone who is interviewing but would be very helpful for any one working on or interested in larger systems.

  6. Kindle Customer

    Incredible insight into how many of the biggest websites in the world work, their data flow, scalability and fault tolerance. The book is framed from the point of view of someone who is interviewing but would be very helpful for any one working on or interested in larger systems.

  7. CSAY

    Great foundation for system designs. Thanks to this book, I was able to answer correctly several system design follow up questions at Google and Meta.

  8. CSAY

    Great foundation for system designs. Thanks to this book, I was able to answer correctly several system design follow up questions at Google and Meta.

  9. Abhishek Mittal

    The book covers various topics in good detail. It starts with the basics and proceeds to more advanced problems. The reading is lite and the illustrations are good. It also has further readings and great links to related articles. It would highly recommend this book to everyone who want to learn more on how systems are designed.

  10. Abhishek Mittal

    The book covers various topics in good detail. It starts with the basics and proceeds to more advanced problems. The reading is lite and the illustrations are good. It also has further readings and great links to related articles. It would highly recommend this book to everyone who want to learn more on how systems are designed.

  11. MS

    Not much to say, its just a great book. Very helpful, well written.

  12. MS

    Not much to say, its just a great book. Very helpful, well written.

  13. M Carmen Hernandez

    The book is pretty good. It’s easy to read. There are lots of design diagrams. If you are a visual person, you will love the book. It helped me pass the system design round at FANG.I read the book twice and take notes. I read all the reference materials mentioned in the book. Reading those extra materials help me a lot with topics I’m not familiar with.Highlights:+ The book has a good set of questions.+ Lots of diagrams and clear explanation.+ You will learn something new by reading the book regardless of your experience.Drawbacks:- I wish the reference links are footnotes instead of being at the end of chapters. That way, it’s more accessible.- Some topics are not talked about too much like security and stream processing.- It’s tailored towards junior and semi-senior engineers. Some chapters are not deep enough. For example, I wish the author would talk more about feed ranking and caching in the designing news feed chapter.Overall, it’s a masterpiece in system design books. However, no book can cover everything in system design. No one knows every system. Here are some of my other recommendations:– designing data-intensive applications. Highly recommended.– system design primer github repo. Highly recommended free resource.– Leetcode discussion forum about system designs.– Grokking the system interview course. This is an ok resource but not very deep.– Various youtube channels. I like channels like Tushar Roy, System Design Interview, Success in Tech, etc. There are a lot more but I found them most useful for senior engineer positions.– Various tech blogs: Facebook, Netflix, Uber, AirBnb, etc. Those tech blogs are extremely valuable to help us understand real-life systems.– highscalability website. The website contains lots of real world systems.– InfoQ youtube channel. Many tech companies talk about how they scale their systems at infoQ. I find sometimes it’s quite hard to find useful videos on google but when I narrow down it to a specific channel, it’s much easier to find. For example, I found a lot of useful tech talks about uber there. It’s invaluable when I interviewed there.

  14. M Carmen Hernandez

    The book is pretty good. It’s easy to read. There are lots of design diagrams. If you are a visual person, you will love the book. It helped me pass the system design round at FANG.I read the book twice and take notes. I read all the reference materials mentioned in the book. Reading those extra materials help me a lot with topics I’m not familiar with.Highlights:+ The book has a good set of questions.+ Lots of diagrams and clear explanation.+ You will learn something new by reading the book regardless of your experience.Drawbacks:- I wish the reference links are footnotes instead of being at the end of chapters. That way, it’s more accessible.- Some topics are not talked about too much like security and stream processing.- It’s tailored towards junior and semi-senior engineers. Some chapters are not deep enough. For example, I wish the author would talk more about feed ranking and caching in the designing news feed chapter.Overall, it’s a masterpiece in system design books. However, no book can cover everything in system design. No one knows every system. Here are some of my other recommendations:– designing data-intensive applications. Highly recommended.– system design primer github repo. Highly recommended free resource.– Leetcode discussion forum about system designs.– Grokking the system interview course. This is an ok resource but not very deep.– Various youtube channels. I like channels like Tushar Roy, System Design Interview, Success in Tech, etc. There are a lot more but I found them most useful for senior engineer positions.– Various tech blogs: Facebook, Netflix, Uber, AirBnb, etc. Those tech blogs are extremely valuable to help us understand real-life systems.– highscalability website. The website contains lots of real world systems.– InfoQ youtube channel. Many tech companies talk about how they scale their systems at infoQ. I find sometimes it’s quite hard to find useful videos on google but when I narrow down it to a specific channel, it’s much easier to find. For example, I found a lot of useful tech talks about uber there. It’s invaluable when I interviewed there.

  15. J. Parija

    Finished the book cover to cover. Here thoughts.*) An excellent excellent read. You will get really breadth of knowledge of how different popular systems are designed, what problems are solved and different different system design parameters are considered and put into design.*) It also provides good amount of info about different technologies and how they can be put together to make the whole system work.*) I liked different principles that I came across while thinking about a system design.Definitely recommend people to go through it.Improvements:*) Not all chapters has given back of the envelope calculations. Only some has. Since this may be expected in all the interviews , calculations in different system will heal reader visualise.*) It is understandable that not aspects can be considered, but security peace of info is missing a bit. May be one some info about it will help.

  16. J. Parija

    Finished the book cover to cover. Here thoughts.*) An excellent excellent read. You will get really breadth of knowledge of how different popular systems are designed, what problems are solved and different different system design parameters are considered and put into design.*) It also provides good amount of info about different technologies and how they can be put together to make the whole system work.*) I liked different principles that I came across while thinking about a system design.Definitely recommend people to go through it.Improvements:*) Not all chapters has given back of the envelope calculations. Only some has. Since this may be expected in all the interviews , calculations in different system will heal reader visualise.*) It is understandable that not aspects can be considered, but security peace of info is missing a bit. May be one some info about it will help.

  17. Amazon Customer

    Great book with superb technical insights.

  18. Amazon Customer

    Great book with superb technical insights.

  19. KartikRaj

    Great system design bookDon’t bother with others!This book has many practical and useful interview questions and it has all the solutions! I was able to follow and retain a lot of fundamental knowledge quickly. I particularly love the diagrams in more than a dozen interview questions. It saves me a lot of time from having to gather the knowledge by myself on the internet. You can skip to those chapters if you don’t have time. Even if you skim you’ll get something out of it.Bought for Kindle.

  20. KartikRaj

    Great system design bookDon’t bother with others!This book has many practical and useful interview questions and it has all the solutions! I was able to follow and retain a lot of fundamental knowledge quickly. I particularly love the diagrams in more than a dozen interview questions. It saves me a lot of time from having to gather the knowledge by myself on the internet. You can skip to those chapters if you don’t have time. Even if you skim you’ll get something out of it.Bought for Kindle.

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