An interview with thomaskranitsas

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How has Topcoder changed your life?

Topcoder has entirely changed my life. Now I'm a full-time Topcoder competitor and reviewer and every day is a new challenge for me. Working for so many awesome clients and so many different projects always using the cutting-edge technologies was the best thing that could happen to me.

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

I don't have a favorite. All of them are amazing!

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

Winning a challenge using a framework I'd never heard before with almost a perfect score.

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

I won 3rd place at TCO16 (UI PROTOTYPE) and now I will compete in two different tracks (UI PROTOTYPE and F2F) at TCO17.

Best music album to code to?

Music + code = bugs

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

All of them are great but I've worked most with Ghostar and callmekatootie.

How did you get into programming?

I was very young (like 13yo) when I got my first laptop. The first week I was playing games and the second week I wrote my first program in Visual Basic. It was a very simple program but it was enough to make me get into programming. I started studying about algorithms and c++ and after few weeks I was able to solve many algorithmic problems. Now I can't even tell in how many different languages/technologies I've worked and I'm always interested in learning new languages/technologies.

Which IDE do you use and why?

Atom. It's very fast, lightweight and I can modify it so it'll meet my needs.

What books do you recommend?

I don't read books πŸ™‚

Tabs or spaces?

In most cases spaces (by pressing tab) but it also depends on the language. Can you imagine a python program written using spaces? :p

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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