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Discussion on: I failed an interview because of an algorithm

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Actually in some cases you don't need to know "X", if you are doing SQL, for example, or Prolog. Sorting is done by the tool, you do need to know relational algebra in case of SQL, or propositional logic and unification in case of Prolog.
I'll all depend on the context of what's being done, of course.

But sorting is a basic thing a programmer need to know (at least how to use it), its together with things like conditionals and looping/recursion.