Microsoft Interview Question for Software Engineer / Developers

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Write a parser class that parses an initial web page, looking for external links to other web pages and stores them in a queue. This class runs as a thread. Another thread reads continually from the queue (producer-consumer ), extracts links, fetches web pages via HTTP and sends them on to the Parser class. This cycle continues. All this info goes into an Indexer class which is a wrapper around a Hash Table object. What it does is index every page it receives if the page has not been indexed before. Pages are stored according to their URL in the hashtable.

Some tricks could be used to store part of the URL that is still unique to make the size of the hashtable smaller.

- Anonymous February 14, 2007 | Flag Reply

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