How did you get into programming?
I loved math and this was a great way to do something practical with it
Which IDE do you use and why?
Just a text editor. Simple is always better!
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you within the Topcoder community?
Playing card games with the Russians and trying to make sick plays that horribly backfired.
If you could go head to head with another algorithm or marathon competitor, who would you want to compete against and why?
tourist — he's the best, so he'd be the biggest challenge
Tell us about an achievement that you are most proud of.
Doing my first jump rope triple-under a few weeks ago!
Best music album to code to?
Video game music is great — Ace Attorney soundtrack is my current favorite
What books do you recommend?
Great Gatsby, Ender's Game
Tabs or spaces?
Spaces for sure
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?