Here we are once again with a new face on CodeChef. This time we have Nadeem Moidu, a 20 year old student from IIIT-Hyderabad as November’s Programmer of the month. Nadeem has been part of CodeChef since its inception in March 2009 and has been consistently climbing up the ranking since then. Let’s get a sneak peak into what Nadeem has to say about himself.
Name: Nadeem Moidu
Institute: IIIT, Hyderabad
How/When did you start programming?
I started programming with Basic when I was 8th year in school. But it was only when I was in my final year in school that I started algorithm based competitive programming.
What do you do when you’re not programming?
I like playing soccer. I spend most of my free time surfing the net, trying to learn something new.
What do you like most about CodeChef?
I like the emphasis that CodeChef puts on Indians. Programmers are not appreciated much in India as compared to countries like Russia, China or Poland. I hope that the codechef initiative will help in improving the scenario.
How many hours a day do you program?
I haven’t been programming so regularly. I only take part in contests most of the time. But we (me and my team) are planning to practice around 3-4 hours every day to prepare for the ACM ICPC.
If you could eat dinner with any famous person (past or present), who would it be and what dish would you have?
No particular person comes to my mind. But I would go for Biryani, to eat. 🙂
What is the secret to being a good programmer?
You need to have the passion and practice regularly.
What are your plans for the future?
I would like to complete by dual degree in computer engineering. After that I wish to stay in the field of academics or research. Of course I would like to go to the ICPC world finals twice when I’m in college!