An interview with nofto

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How has Topcoder changed your life?

In Slovakia, the salary for a university researcher/teacher is quite low. Thank to earnings from Topcoder, I am now debt free, I could buy a new car and spend a nice holiday with my family.

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


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

Winning my first sponsored marathon match.

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

Earning the red rating in marathon competitions for a while.

Best music album to code to?

No music when coding.

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


He is very polite, responds very quickly and competently, and helps even when he is not a copilot in a match.

How did you get into programming?

At high school, it was a mandatory subject. I liked it very match so I stayed with it at the university.

Which IDE do you use and why?


It was the only one I was able to set up to use with simple c++ file (without any project structure).

What books do you recommend?

Ender's game and other Ender saga books by Orson Scott Card

Tabs or spaces?

I don't care. Whichever is used by default in the IDE.

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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