Solutions for competitive programming problems were moved to Github

I moved solutions for problems that were previously hosted on this blog to Check them out there.

As I am now a happy owner of domain, I plan to concentrate more on writing about distributed systems (microservices, monitoring, etc.) and machine learning in cloud (Spark, Hive, etc.). Related content, like C++ REST benchmark, will be moved to the new platform, and all other will be archived on Github.

Stay tuned, interesting times are coming!

Solution for “Empty and Divide” problem

Problem statement:

There are two boxes. Initially, one box contains m chips and the other contains n chips. Such a position is denoted by (m,n), where m > 0 and n > 0. The two players alternate moving. A move consists of emptying one of the boxes, and dividing the contents of the other between the two boxes with at least one chip in each box. There is a unique terminal position, namely (1, 1). Last player to move wins. Find all P-positions.

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C++ REST API frameworks benchmark

PHP, Python, C#, Java and Ruby are popular candidates to create REST API. But what about work horses like C and C++?

I decided to investigate most popular C++ frameworks for REST APIs creation and measure their performance relatively to PHP.

Source code of benchmark is freely available on, as well as Vagrant virtual machine to easily reproduce my measurements.

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Complete installation guide for LEMP stack with PHP 7 in Debian 8 “Jessie”

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This guide will teach you how to install and configure LEMP stack with Nginx 1.10, MySQL 5.7, PHP 7.1 in Debian 8 “Jessie” on Digital Ocean droplet. All steps are covered, from creation of droplet to securing it with firewall and SSL encryption. You can use instructions from the guide not only for droplet on Digital Ocean, but for any VPS hosting with Debian 8 “Jessie” as well. Continue reading