An interview with mishacucicea

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How has Topcoder changed your life?

It reminded me who am I and what my passions are. It's a place where values are not just words on a paper, but truly talented individuals can express themselves by contributing and doing extraordinary things.

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

There were multiple projects from John Hancock which gave me the opportunity to try out various technologies.

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

Not sure if it's the funnies thing, but it surely made me feel good, it was an instance when I managed to get 1st place into a challenge, being initially in 2nd place.

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

It was the early days of me competing, when I had a Top 5 placement into the Digital Run for development.

Best music album to code to?

Lately I like the soundtrack from Suits TV Series (

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

Wendell, because most of the times challenge scope is clear and challenges go smooth. Nevertheless, lately I had a very good collaboration with Talesforce as well.

How did you get into programming?

Being a mathematics enthusiast since primary school, it was natural that programming followed that, and I got a programming education in high school and further on in the University.

Which IDE do you use and why?

As my first choice is working with .NET and related technologies, I primarily use Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code, which seems to be catching up with other cross-platform IDEs. I've tried other IDEs, like Atom, Sublime, but they couldn't make me completely switch. I can't wait to meet other TCO competitors to see their way of working.

What books do you recommend?

"Continuous Delivery" – Dave Farley
"From good to great" – James C. Collins

Tabs or spaces?

Tabs – efficiency comes from doing more using less.

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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