Programmer of the Month for June 2011: Tomek Czajka

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Welcome to the June Programmer of the Month edition!

This month we have with us Tomek Czajka who is our Programmer of the Month. Tomek has been part of CodeChef since July 2009 and has submitted over 100 problems since then. He is ranked 4th in the long contest and 24th 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 Tomek has to tell us about himself.

Name:  Tomek Czajka
Age:  30
Company: Google
User id:  tomek

Brief introduction about yourself:

I graduated from University of Warsaw and Purdue University, now I am working for Google, currently on Google Offers. Programming competitions have always been among the most intensive and enjoyable events for me.

How/When did you start programming?

I got a SAM Coupé for my 12th birthday. I quickly learned a lot about how the computer worked and learned to program in the built-in BASIC, and then in Z80 assembly.

What do you do when you’re not programming?

I play volleyball in the evenings on Google campus.

What do you like most about CodeChef?

Interesting problems in the monthly contests. Also the wide variety of compilers available.

How many hours a day do you program?

Between 2 to 6 hours.

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

Some ancient Mediterranean cuisine with Euclid and Archimedes.

What is the secret to being a good programmer?

Enjoy doing it. If you are bored, you stop learning and become much less productive.

What are your plans for the future?

I will have a kid or two.

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10 Replies to “Programmer of the Month for June 2011: Tomek Czajka”

  1. Tomek, I’m teaching competitive programming again this fall, was checking out this site as a possible practice site, and who should I discover is POTM?!  Hope all is well. Cheers,Tim

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