An interview with KShiv

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How has Topcoder changed your life?

Topcoder is a fun way to learn new domains and programming languages.

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

From the few I have entered, IBM Blockchain and HyperLedger.

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

Remember I am the newbie? Ask me after TCO17 🙂

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

Getting into TCO17

Best music album to code to?

Classical, pop and rock but not while coding!

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

No favorites.

How did you get into programming?

I liked the logical and mathematical aspects of problem solving.

Which IDE do you use and why?

No IDE – just Notepad++

What books do you recommend?

– Speech and Language Processing by Dan Jurafsky and James H Martin
– Bioinformatics Algorithms Vol I and II by Phillip Compeau and Pavel Pevzner
– Mining of Massive Datasets by Jure Leskovec, Anand Rajaraman, Jeff Ullman
– Any detective crime fiction

Tabs or spaces?

Tabs and 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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