How has Topcoder changed your life?
Almost entirely. Due to non standardized working days, it switched my decisions from "What I can afford myself?" to "What I want?"
Do you have a favorite Topcoder customer or project? If so, which customer or project?
Tell us about an achievement that you are most proud of.
4st place at TCO16 (Development track)
Best music album to code to?
A State of Trance 2015 (Armin van Buuren)
Who is your favorite copilot and why (and you can't pick yourself!)?
I cannot single out someone. Most of them are great professionals. They differ from each other, but together they compound a best teams.
How did you get into programming?
I have been a computer geek since school. I made my first website in 1998 which allowed our school team to visit Sweden and initiated a cooperation between my school in Medvezhegorsk and the school in Mala community, Sweden.
I moved from c++ to php and Adobe ActionScript, then to Java, then to Swift.
Which IDE do you use and why?
Xcode. You know why =)
What books do you recommend?
The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky, any short stories by Chekhov
Tabs or 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?