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HackerRank Partners with Bing to Help You Find Solutions Faster

This post was co-authored by Marcelo De Barros, Group Engineering Manager at Bing & Vivek Ravisankar, CEO and cofounder of HackerRank


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It’s a typical night. You’re in the zone with a half-full Red Bull by your side. You’ve come a long way in learning a brand new programming language when—bam—you run into problem you’re not quite sure about. So, you do what any programmer would do in your situation: You search for the solution.
This is one of the most common productivity pitfalls for programmers today. If you want to improve on or learn a new algorithm, you search in engines and figure out which blue link to click. Then, you have to transfer all of this into your editor. You trial and error until you find the right solution.
If only there was a way to search a function and immediately see the solution in one step.
Starting today, you can.

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A New Way to Learn Programming Languages and Play with Code

Microsoft’s Bing and HackerRank are teaming up to provide millions of programmers an easy way to find useful search results. The best part is that the code runs on a live code editor within Bing’s search engine.
Typically, engineers go to search engines to get answers on various sites like, Stackoverflow, Stackexchange and other blogs. Now, you have a streamlined alternative that will not only spit out the code solution you need but also edit the code and play with it in real-time. No IDE installation required. This will save you endless time you used to spend going back and forth from search to your code editor.
Here’s a quick example. Let’s say you wanted to concatenate a string in C#, but you have no idea how. All you would have to do is search the query and hit enter. You’ll immediately get the accurate solution, as well as the opportunity to edit the code right in your search results.
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“In addition to learning how a certain algorithm/code is written in a given language, users will also be able to check how the same solution is constructed in a range of other programming languages too –providing a Rosetta-stone model for programming languages,” says Marcelo De Barros, Group Engineering Manager for the UX Features and Shared Tools at Bing.

What are you waiting for?

Start playing with code on Bing now!

 
 
 

Comments (53)

  • Not working

    • Djedid Djaballah
    • April 7, 2016 at 10:34 pm
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    • Try add `&setmkt=en-us` to your bing.com URL and then do the search. I think they’ve released the feature only in US.

      • james
      • April 11, 2016 at 12:33 pm
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      • Thanks
        now it works

        • Djedid Djaballah
        • April 14, 2016 at 6:29 am
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  • Not working for me either.

    • ChriS
    • April 7, 2016 at 11:30 pm
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    • I think it is available in USA only.

      • Siva Krishna
      • April 8, 2016 at 5:12 am
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  • Is this feature USA only? Typical Bing…when will they learn that Bing is used in other countries too?

    • Paulo Correa
    • April 8, 2016 at 2:01 am
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    • No wonder why Bing isn’t popular than Google.
      Let’s see how fast Google add this feature in theirs.

      • Nacon
      • April 11, 2016 at 5:15 am
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  • Great feature, it works for me and I’m not from the USA. I’m using Google Chrome Version 49.0.2623.110 m on Windows 10.

    • Psioniax
    • April 8, 2016 at 7:39 am
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  • Didn’t worked for me in India either.

  • tried it with us proxy server it works ! directly trying this feature in india, no luck for now

    • Dhaval Parmar
    • April 8, 2016 at 7:27 pm
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  • Not working for me..

    • Praveen Kishor
    • April 9, 2016 at 7:06 am
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  • I am in india, using proxy.. chrome version 49.0.2623.110m. Not working for me.

    • Neha Rani
    • April 10, 2016 at 8:15 am
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  • I can only get it to show up with string concat. Any way to force the live code editor for other .Net library calls?

    • jader3rd
    • April 10, 2016 at 8:13 pm
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  • Only thing I could get it to work is string concat. Would be nice if it worked for more specific features, especially newer ones, that experienced developers are more likely to look up. Say, lambda expressions and streams in Java.

    • YankeesRule
    • April 11, 2016 at 5:53 am
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  • I tried about six things and I couldn’t get anything to work, not even your ‘string concat c#’ or ‘quick sort java’ examples above.

    • seanmcmanus
    • April 11, 2016 at 9:13 am
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  • tried in Edge and Chrome and it doesn’t work – i’m in the UK

    • Ross Newark
    • April 11, 2016 at 11:59 am
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  • Not much use to this outside U.S. it seems. Brilliant idea to restrict it like that, I would have never thought of it.

  • Works for me only after I changed Bing Settings to use Region: United States – English

    • Noeg
    • April 12, 2016 at 2:00 am
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