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    Real Competitors, Real Success

    The Best Of The Best

    Do you love technology? Do you like winning? Welcome to an open market for your unique talents. Hear from members like you on why they participate and what they’ve gained by being a part of this community:

    Mahestro

    There are episodes in people lives that define changes and at the same time affect their personality and course for another long period. These are called life-changing events. As simple as the introduction of The Big Bang Theory changed the way scientists saw the universe...

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    Nickolas

    My discovery of Topcoder was an accident – a lucky one. In 2005 I was in my 4th year in university and had a boyfriend who was hardcore at programming competitions. Once I decided to try and see what was this thing that made him wake up at 3:30 am or rush home from mid-date to participate in – what was it called, an SRM? And so I joined Topcoder...

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    Psyho

    I still remember when I created my Topcoder account. I wanted to see the earnings of people in Component Design, so that I could estimate potential hourly rate from doing component stuff. I barely knew anything about UML and software design back then, but probably still more than I do know now...

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    CoralBlue

    I’ve experienced and been a part of topcoder over a span of seven(!) years now: as a topcoder Design Studio competitor, as a finalist, and now as a copilot. In all this time I’ve watched the topcoder community grow, all the while growing and learning with it myself...

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    Ghostar

    I first registered as a Topcoder member over 10 years ago, in my last year of college. I didn’t do much right away, as there wasn’t much that interested me at the time. I’m not great at algorithms, and could tell I didn’t stand a chance in any of the competitions ...

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    Ainu7

    One fall’s day in 2006, when I was in a computer room at my university, I heard from my friend(who is working in Microsoft now) about Google Code Jam, which was operated using Topcoder platform at that time. So I learned about Topcoder and tried to do some practice, and started to participate in SRMs. It was really fun because I didn’t have similar experience before, and I was quickly attracted by the contests....

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    Alethor

    First of all, I would like to thank all the people who have made this possible. People that I have met through Topcoder, over the blog, etc… You have all helped me. Answering lots of questions and of course teaching me. Now, I have a lot of Topcoder friends, and to all of them, THANK YOU! You don’t know how much I appreciate all the support to make this post even possible ...

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    Wcheung

    I gotta admit the merger of CloudSpokes and Topcoder caught me off-guard yesterday. I’ve been on CloudSpokes for two years now (celebrating my 2nd anniversary three days ago and getting wins number 80 and 81 today) and it was last September I got curious enough to take a peek around Topcoder ...

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    Logontokartik

    Something really amazing happened 3 weeks ago. The most productive week of the year, Dreamforce 2012. I had only heard of Dreamforce before, this being my 1st time attending, and had heard rumors of its grandeur. I now know why it’s so famous! ...

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    Ssmoimo

    What I want to talk about today is just one of the ways you can start making gains again in your programming skills. There are many others, and I have talked about some of them before. But, today I want to talk about a very specific way I have found to break through the barriers and really improve your programming skills ...

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    Kenji776

    When my boss first gave me a heads up about this cloud coding contest called Topcoder and told me I should compete, I thought he was crazy. Who would pay real money to let a bunch of nobodies write code for them? I mean if you want code written you hire a contractor and lay out spec and work with them until completion. How could you get ...

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    Romin

    I am a big fan of programming challenges, especially those that allow me to learn something new. When Topcoder came along a few months back, I did not know what to expect. Little did I know that as of today, I am completely infested with the Topcoder bug and make it a daily ritual to check out the site, blog, any new contests, any submission updates and much more ...

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    Manish_Kumar

    Topcoder. This word was introduced to me in October of last year, and it brought a wave of excitement, and changes to me and my way of life. Not less than eight months before that October, I was a hardcore Biotech Graduate, who hated the old school boring lab work, playing with test tubes and DNAs ...

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    Talesforce

    It was a foggy January morning and I woke up early as usual to prepare for the day that lied ahead – meetings, meetings and more of them. For somebody who’d always been passionate about coding, I’d been living in another world dealing with project deadlines, deliveries, resources and everything sans coding ...

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    Soe

    I started cluelessly one year ago with a challenge on “Google Apps migration”. It looked scary as Topcoder challenges require proper test coverage, documentation and a screencast. Frankly, I had only written a few websites at that point, and never really written any tests for my code ...

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    ForceLogic

    This is the very first community in which I take a significant part: it’s not because I’m antisocial, solitary or because I speak a terrible English, but only because I lose interest in the things I do really quickly. Things changed when I met Topcoder. It seemed strange that I could be paid for my Force.com knowledge, for things I usually did (and currently do) at work, but being away thousands miles ...

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    GeorgeDyer

    Teachers are very important to me. A teacher in high school first introduced me to algorithmic problem solving via the Pascal language way back in 1987. It was Mr. Lewis who loaned me reference books and let me watch him program the school’s first student administration software. More importantly, he fed me programming challenges regularly and provided access to a computer ...

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    PaulNattrass

    Software Engineering in general is a very demanding career path. It is demanding since the pace of change is relentless. Sometimes you feel a bit like that Greek bloke pushing the big boulder up the hill. You can spend years mastering something only to find that what you spent all those years mastering is now completely redundant ...

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