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Mahestro

Designer & Copilot

Member since 2007



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, or as dramatic as when…

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Nickolas

Data Scientist

Member since 2005



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…

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Psyho

Data Scientist

Member since 2004



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

Designer & Copilot

Member since 2007



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 mysel This entire journey has been the most incredible…

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Ghostar

Developer & Copilot

Member since 2001



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. In late 2004, I got an email from Topcoder talking about…

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Ainu7

Algorithmist

Member since 2006



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…

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Alethor

Algorithmist

Member since 2012



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…

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Wcheung

Developer

Member since 2011



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

Developer

Member since 2012



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! I could literally see all the hard work…

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Ssmoimo

Algorithmist

Member since 2010



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…

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Kenji776

Developer

Member since 2011



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…

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Romin

Developer

Member since 2011



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…

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Manish_Kumar

Developer

Member since 2012



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

Developer & Copilot

Member since 2012



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

Developer

Member since 2012



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

Developer

Member since 2013



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…

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GeorgeDyer

Developer

Member since 2012



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…

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PaulNattrass

Developer

Member since 2012



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…

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