An interview with blackmath

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How did you get into programming?

I took a programming class in high school.

Which IDE do you use and why?

vim – it's simple, fast and powerful

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you within the Topcoder community?

The day after my first TCO onsite competition I was walking through a shopping mall and heard someone shouting "Hey, Topcoder!". I looked around expecting to see a fellow Topcoder. It turned out the guy talking to me had no idea what Topcoder was all about. He continued with "Hey Google", "Hey Facebook" – he was just reading out the names of the sponsors on my brand new TCO t-shirt, trying to get my attention and trying to sell me some stuff.

If you could go head to head with another algorithm or marathon competitor, who would you want to compete against and why?

Against Psyho. I do compete for the thrill of the competition and like competing against the strongest. In a head to head against Psyho, I have nothing to lose.

Tell us about an achievement that you are most proud of.

When it comes to Topcoder the great greatest achievements are winning against Petr in chess and defeating SnapDragon in Connect Four. Next challenge to come is playing table tennis with wleite.

Best music album to code to?

White Stripes – Elephant

What books do you recommend?

Douglas Hofstadter – GΓΆdel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Tabs or spaces?


We asked the Finalists to use emojis in response to the following questions.

How do you feel about the TCO17 Finals?


How do you feel when you win a Topcoder challenge?


What is your spirit animal?


What's the weather like at your house right now?


What are your hobbies?



Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC)
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
Meituan Dianping

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