An interview with Wendell

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How has Topcoder changed your life?

It has freed my life, I now have full control of my time and I can work anywhere. I really love it and it's why after 10+ years since I joined I'm still an active member on Topcoder.

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

Had some good times with EMC and IBM.

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

Most people think this way of working is lonely and keeps you separated from society, but it's quite the opposite, I've got many friends through the community from all over the world, sometimes it amazing how things work out.

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

I always feel good when a project is delivered, I'm really proud that one of the projects (the biggest one I worked on) is now serving billions of requests per year.

Best music album to code to?

No preference.

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

mahestro, he always makes it easier for the development copilots to continue on development after the studio part is done.

How did you get into programming?

I learned it in college and have been coding since then.

Which IDE do you use and why?

I use many different IDEs since I work on many different types of projects. To name a few: Intellij IDEA, Intellij Web Storm, Xcode, Android Studio, Visual Studio.

What books do you recommend?

"The 4-Hour Workweek" – I read it recently and it turned out to be a very interesting book.

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Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC)
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