How does it feel to be a finalist for the first ever TCO QA track?
I am surprised and excited to be one of the first developers from the Topcoder team who will perform QA track experiments.
Why do you compete in QA track challenges, and which testing type do you like best?
I was doing my development job, writing unit/e2e tests. I prefer to write tests, but, sometimes it's interesting to try to find bugs in existing software.
What is the most interesting challenge you competed in at Topcoder and why?
I only participate in cool challenges, so all of them were interesting!
Who do you think is the most fierce or talented coder at Topcoder and why?
I can't select one single person. There are a few very experienced developers. When I see that they're participating in the same challenge as I am, my first thought is "oh, I must provide a more than perfect submission to have a chance at getting 1st place".
What do you do when not working?
Learning, surfing, and sleeping.
Where do you work? Tell us about your space(s).
Table, laptop, and some good coffee. I usally work from a coworking place, sometimes from home.
What's the best tip or piece of advice you can share with other members at Topcoder?
If you didn't get first place, no worries, it's still a great opportunity to learn from your colleagues who may be more experienced.
What are you most excited about for this year's TCO Finals?
Do you strive to be at TCO every year and if so, why does it matter to you?
Yes. It is an awesome feeling knowing that I've reached my goals again. And of course, I am excited to meet with others.
What was your secret to getting a ticket for the TCO finals more than once?