An interview with Cristian77

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How did you get to where you are today in the developer world?

I got a degree in engineering, where I learned about programming embedded devices in C, after that, I started to realize that I was good at software and programming so I began to study on my own. This helped me to get a better grasp on it and to get some developer jobs and freelance projects. After that, some research about crowdsourcing and freelancing took me here to Topcoder which is one of the best environments to learn.

What is your best strategy for tackling a project or challenge?

For me, the most important thing is that it has to be something that I really like to learn, work on, or a topic that I'm passionate about.

After I decide to compete in a particular challenge, I plan my schedule according to the remaining time and start right away reading the specs and the forums as well as asking questions about it.

How do you keep up with current trends and advances in this field?

There are a lot of interesting things to choose from and everything is changing rapidly, so I try to focus on the technologies that can help me to achieve my goals, then I do some projects that can help gain some experience with them.

What are you most looking forward to for the TCO Finals?

I have always enjoyed challenging myself, in this case, is going to be essential to keep improving my development skills and to learn from really awesome people, for me, a good way to be skilled in something is learning from the best, so this is an astounding opportunity to do that.

Tell us what achievement you are the most proud of.

Living off my developments skills, and going back to TCO for the second time of course.

If you wrote your own developer profile, what would it say?

Self-taught software developer, with experience on full stack web development, embedded systems, and machine learning. Have won some awards and prizes internationally because of my dedication. Fast learner and always up to challenges.

Offline, what is your favorite thing to do?

Play guitar, talk with friends, do some hiking.

We asked the Finalists to use emojis in response to the following questions.

How do you feel about the TCO18 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?

🎸🎮🏃

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