Programmer of the Month for September ’09: Varun Jalan

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Once again, it’s time we announce the CodeChef Programmer of the Month. The guy’s been topping most contests and if you’re wondering why he didn’t win the August Mini Challenge, it was because he set the problem!  Everyone wants to know about the person behind the username syco and profiling him has been long overdue.

Without beating around the bush any further, let me introduce you to our Programmer for September ’09, Varun Jalan!

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Name: Varun Jalan
Age: 21
Institute: Columbia University

UserID: syco
1. How/When did you start programming?
I learnt Q Basic around 8 years back. However, I’ve known C for only about 5 years. I started learning algorithms around two and a half years back. My brother taught me C (though I was very, very reluctant to learn that time :))

2. What do you do when you’re not programming?
Mostly surfing the net and reading books.

3. What do you like most about CodeChef?
The prizes definitely 😛 . A couple of problems in each contest are really good, though in my opinion they are too tough to be a part of any contest of duration <= 5 hours.

4. How many hours a day do you program?
That varies greatly. Can range from 0 – 15 hours a day.

5. What’s your favourite book and why?
I read books like the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings etc. Amongst algorithms and programming stuff, I like The C programming language(Kernighan and Ritche), CLRS.

6. If you could eat dinner with any famous person (past or present), who would it be and what dish would you have?
Never given it a thought 😛 Perhaps share a pizza with Einstein ? lol 😀

7. What are your plans for the future?
I ll be completing my MS at Columbia Univ. by next December. I’ll mostly be working after that, though I still am considering PhD as an option.

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25 Replies to “Programmer of the Month for September ’09: Varun Jalan”

  1. If my interview were taken ever, I would answer the 6th question as dinner with syco. 😀
    Hats off!

  2. If my interview were taken ever, I would answer the 6th question as dinner with syco. 😀
    Hats off!

  3. hi buddy
    nice to see u as winner
    congrats yaar
    hav some doubts ….
    can we contact in mail………

  4. congratulations to you for being the programmer of the month 🙂
    and congratulations to the rest of us that you moved to columbia 😀

  5. congratulations to you for being the programmer of the month 🙂
    and congratulations to the rest of us that you moved to columbia 😀

  6. Congratulations on all your successes thus far. An algorithmist would hope that this is just the beginning for you. All the best for your future plans!

  7. Congratulations on all your successes thus far. An algorithmist would hope that this is just the beginning for you. All the best for your future plans!

  8. my hearty congrats.a nice proverb for u told by socrates “take risks in life if u win u will be happy,else u will be wise”

  9. my hearty congrats.a nice proverb for u told by socrates “take risks in life if u win u will be happy,else u will be wise”

  10. congrats. nice to see someone who enjoys programming. Well i’d like to give one piece of advice. algorithms are foundations and you should add you should build around it. i am rarely on cc but keep track of programs. i code in c, c++,.net and ruby. i’m an open source coder and expect u will also use your talent productively

  11. congrats. nice to see someone who enjoys programming. Well i’d like to give one piece of advice. algorithms are foundations and you should add you should build around it. i am rarely on cc but keep track of programs. i code in c, c++,.net and ruby. i’m an open source coder and expect u will also use your talent productively

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