How did you get into programming?
I did math at school and my friend recommended a programming section of Andrew Stankevich.
Which IDE do you use and why?
I use vim, used far before. Don't like IDEs, they have a lot of features I don't need.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you within the Topcoder community?
Never funny, always serious.
If you could go head to head with another algorithm or marathon competitor, who would you want to compete against and why?
It's always interesting to compete against the best, if you win you will get the real feeling of winning.
Tell us about an achievement that you are most proud of.
World Finals Champion
Best music album to code to?
Queen Jazz, but I never listen to it while competing as it distracts me too much.
What books do you recommend?
For algorithms they're well known.
Tabs or spaces?
I use tab to write 2 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?