If you’ve ever stumbled into a tricky coding or data representation problem, chances are good that someone has already figured it out. Usually the resolution is found by speaking with the Google, emailing your resident alpha-geek, or consulting Knuth’s Art of Computer Programming (you know, the 50 pound box set that’s been waiting patiently on your shelf for exactly this moment).
I stumbled across a fourth option this afternoon: the Algorithm Geeks user group. It’s an easy way to parallelize your problem, running it past the brains of hundreds of alphas from around the world. Even if you aren’t seeking help, maybe there’s a post or two in there that you can contribute to. My inner nerd is probably showing, but it’s pretty fun just reading through the posts and weighing the different proposed solutions.