How did you get to where you are today in the developer world?
Started early with programming, at that time I was in high school & computer science was introduced for the first time in our school.
After making programming as a profession, took some important decisions. I found myself standing at a place that leads to two different places & I picked Topcoder.
What is your best strategy for tackling a project or challenge?
It keeps on changing from time to time. For now, start a bit late when everybody has already asked several questions in the forums & then work more at the end to complete all the requirements in time.
How do you keep up with current trends and advances in this field?
Most of the Topcoder challenges I participated in had some requirements based on some new frameworks, plugins or technology. So, I keep on learning new things in order to win these Topcoder challenges. Apart from these, there are a few websites I visit, sometimes.
What are you most looking forward to for the TCO Finals?
To do my best in the onsite finals.
Tell us what achievement you are the most proud of.
This is the 7th time in a row I got qualified for TCO onsite finals, hold on!! This time there's something new.
A few weeks ago, I started working with Jessie & the rest of the team for weekly Topcoder-newsletters, It just happened & is one of my best achievements because I did a few interesting things besides participating in Topcoder Challenges to get here.
If you wrote your own developer profile, what would it say?
Here's the answer: https://SandeepYadav.net
Offline, what is your favorite thing to do?
Driving, travelling, swimming.
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?