Grokking the System Design Interview

Learn how to prepare for system design interviews and practice common system design interview questions.
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Course Overview

System design questions have become a standard part of the software engineering interview process. Performance in these interviews reflects upon your ability to work with complex systems and translates into the position and salary the interviewing company offers you. Unfortunately, most engineers struggle with the system design interview (SDI), partly because of their lack of experience in developing large-scale systems and partly because of the unstructured nature of SDIs. Even engineers who’ve some experience building such systems aren't comfortable with these interviews, mainly due to the open-ended nature of design problems that don't have a standard answer.

Grokking the System Design Interview is a complete guide to master the System Design Interview. It is created by Design Gurus who are a team of hiring managers from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon. This course contains a carefully chosen set of questions that have not only been repeatedly asked at top tech companies but also provide a thorough experience to handle any system design problem.

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Course Content
5 Chapters • 64 Lessons
Introduction to System Design Interview
4 lessons
What is a System Design Interview?
Functional vs. Non-functional Requirements
What are Back-of-the-Envelope Estimations?
Things to Avoid During System Design Interview
System Design Problems
18 lessons
System Design Interviews - A step by step guide
System Design Master Template
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Designing Pastebin
Designing Instagram
Designing Dropbox
Designing Facebook Messenger
Designing Twitter
Designing Youtube or Netflix
Designing Typeahead Suggestion
Designing an API Rate Limiter
Designing Twitter Search
Designing a Web Crawler
Designing Facebook’s Newsfeed
Designing Yelp or Nearby Friends
Designing Uber backend
Designing Ticketmaster
Additional Resources
System Design Basics
Key Characteristics of Distributed Systems
Load Balancing
Data Partitioning
Redundancy and Replication
CAP Theorem
PACELC Theorem (New)
Consistent Hashing (New)
Long-Polling vs WebSockets vs Server-Sent Events
Bloom Filters (New)
Quorum (New)
Leader and Follower (New)
Heartbeat (New)
Checksum (New)
Importance of Discussing Trade-offs
Strong vs Eventual Consistency
Latency vs Throughput
ACID vs BASE Properties in Databases
Read-Through vs Write-Through Cache
Batch Processing vs Stream Processing
Load Balancer vs. API Gateway
API Gateway vs Direct Service Exposure
Proxy vs. Reverse Proxy
API Gateway vs. Reverse Proxy
Primary-Replica vs Peer-to-Peer Replication
Data Compression vs Data Deduplication
Server-Side Caching vs Client-Side Caching
Polling vs Long-Polling vs Webhooks
CDN Usage vs Direct Server Serving
Serverless Architecture vs Traditional Server-based
Stateful vs Stateless Architecture
Hybrid Cloud Storage vs All-Cloud Storage
Token Bucket vs Leaky Bucket
Read Heavy vs Write Heavy System
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