Programmer of the Month for May 2011: Egor Kulikov

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Welcome to the May Programmer of the Month edition!

This month we have with us Egor Kulikov who is our Programmer of the Month. Egor has been part of CodeChef since March 2010 and has submitted close to 80 problems in a years time. He is ranked 3rd in the short contest format. We hope this is just the start and we have lots to see from this great mind. On behalf of the CodeChef team, we wish him good luck for the future.  Now let’s see what Egor has to tell us about himself.

Name:  Egor Kulikov
Age:  25
Institute:  Diploma of specialist at Moscow State University
Company: Devexperts
User id:  EgorK

Brief introduction about yourself:

Nothing special. I’m just your generic software engineer with a loving family (hello to Kate and Dmitry) that likes his job to the extent that he can devote a big chunk of his free time to programming also.

How/When did you start programming?

I started at secondary school, but never seriously participated in school olympiads. I started to take it seriously at the second year in university.

What do you do when you’re not programming?

Playing soccer and computer games, listening hard rock (but hey, I do that while I do programming).

What do you like most about CodeChef?

Solving tough algorithmic problem without strict time limit over my head.

How many hours a day do you program?

As this is my work – about 8 hours a day.

If you could eat dinner with any famous person (past or present), who would it be and what dish would you have?

I think it would be dinner with Klauss Meine and we will have steak (medium-raw for me 😉 ) with baked potatoes.

What is the secret to being a good programmer?

Participating in any contest that I can find.

What are your plans for the future?

I hope to qualify for TCO again. That is the best onsite competition among those I participated in.

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21 Replies to “Programmer of the Month for May 2011: Egor Kulikov”

    1. I think you are not aware of the history of TCO, some great coders can be left out in onsite rounds as there only 20-25 slots. AFAIK in TCO09, ACRush couldn’t make it onsite.

  1. Egors works for Devexperts,
    a couple of months back we saw our programmer of the month
    Oleg works for Codejock Software.I wonder why don’t these world class coders
    like AcRush,Oleg,Petr,Bruce Merry work for top-notch companies like google or facebook.
    Are they overqualified for these..:P

      1. If you are an ex-employee of “GOOGLE” then how can you participate in Google Code Jam. The terms and conditions say “Current employees, interns, contractors, and
        official office-holders of Google, and its subsidiaries,
        affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, employees,
        advertising and promotion agencies, representatives, and agents;
        as well as former employees, interns, contractors and official
        office-holders of Google who worked on the current Code Jam
        Contest in any capacity (“Contest Entities”), and members of the
        Contest Entities’ immediate families (parents, siblings,
        children, spouses, and life partners of each, regardless of where
        they live) and members of the Contest Entities’ households
        (whether related or not) are ineligible to participate in this
        Contest. “

  2. Hello Egor. Congratulations for GCJ 2010. Could you say some algorithm/programming books that you liked (that helped you)? which programming language do you prefer? Thank you.

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