An interview with daft300punk

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How has Topcoder changed your life?

Well, if you look at my competition history, a year back or so, being a Design student I was taking part in design challenges (some crappy designs for sure). Design wasn't for me, so I decided to give Code challenges a try. Having a background in science/math helped, but things were still very new. Initially, I just registered to challenges, downloaded any accompanying code/docs and tried to make sense out of it. Then, I submitted to a few fun challenges. The goal was to learn, and get feedback on what was wrong. When I had college summer vacations this year, I took things more seriously, and here I am now, having learned so many things due to Topcoder.

Do you have a favorite Topcoder customer or project? If so, which customer or project?

Nope. It's all the same, just that some are more challenging than others.

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

Again, as I said, I was participating in Design challenges at first, gave development challenges a try, was expecting to maybe have a chance in Newbie/Cognitive Leaderboard, but won a trip in F2F.

Best music album to code to?

daft punk.

Who is your favorite copilot and why (and you can't pick yourself!)?

birdofpreyru. He explains things pretty well in the forum.

Which IDE do you use and why?

VS Code.

What books do you recommend?

The Name of the Rose. Reading more than 4 pages would give me head aches. Not for the faint hearted.

Tabs or spaces?


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What are your hobbies?



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

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