An interview with ian-sadovy

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How has Topcoder changed your life?

Now I know how to code 80 hours a week. πŸ™‚

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

As for the customer or project, I do not have any favorites. I think Topcoder prepares a very good selection of respective customers. It is always fun to participate in their projects.

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

The funniest? Being a TCO17 finalist! It was a great surprise for me to understand this. I have scored some points on Stage 1 and after 6 months received a newsletter with my name on the leaderboard. Unexpected success. πŸ™‚

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

My first win! It’s an amazing feeling. The funny thing is, it was a F2F challenge (my current track at TCO17).

Best music album to code to?

How about "The Chronic" by Dr. Dre? πŸ™‚

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

I can’t say that I have broad experience at Topcoder, but a lot of my challenges were somehow connected with callmekatootie. It was a great pleasure to work with him.

How did you get into programming?

When I was 15 I wanted to create my own computer game. I had to buy a book and learn Visual Basic. πŸ™‚

Which IDE do you use and why?

Nothing special, in most cases Sublime Text is enough. It is really flexible and lightweight.

What books do you recommend?

"Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100" by Michio Kaku.

Tabs or spaces?

Both of them πŸ˜‰

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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