An interview with daga_sumit

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Has Topcoder changed your life? If so, how?

I was a derivatives trader for 6 years, after which a career in software development seemed non-sensical. I was on the verge of going back to being a trader when I found Topcoder. Although the success initially was low but i took some heart in it and carried on. My learning curve has been quite slow I feel and I am hoping to make satisfactory progress this year. Maybe attending TCO will give me that push forward.

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

All projects that i have worked on have helped me improve my skills as a developer. I can't pick one favorite amongst them. I just hope Topcoder continues to attract great customers and plenty of them.

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

I was quite sure about qualifying for TCO in the UI prototype category at the end of stage 3 but then I received an email from Jessie, the subject of the email being "TCO17 finals" and my excitement knew no bounds. One of the finalists in stage 1 couldn't make it and I was next in the list.

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

I was really proud when I won my first challenge.

Best music album to code to?

I can't do both simultaneously.

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

lunarkid, callmekattotie and systic. They are prompt in their responses in the forums and give to the point and unambiguous answers which I really appreciate.

Do you have a favorite designer/developer or other inspiration?

birdofpreyru has been quite an inspiration. The progress he has made in a short time is commendable.

What is your favorite developer language or front end technology and why?

It has to be javascript because I have done most work in this language 🙂

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What are your hobbies?



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

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