Q. CodeChef: When did you start coding and how did you learn?
Yinzhan Xu: Six years ago, junior high school’s teacher taught me.
Yuhao Du: Since 2007. Practice every day, solve many problems on some onlinejudges.
Q. CodeChef: Could you name and share your first programming contest experience?
Yinzhan Xu: It’s Chinese National Olympiad in Informatics of Province, I did well and was listed in the top 100 of my province.
Yuhao Du: On a Chinese onlinejudge https://vijos.org/. But I can’t remember which one.
Q. CodeChef: How often do you code on any given day & weekend?
Yinzhan Xu: 2 hours.
Yuhao Du: Maybe 4-5 hours per day.
Q. CodeChef: What was the biggest hurdle on your road to where you are today?
Yinzhan Xu: met too many people who are better than me, so that I kind of wanted to quit
Yuhao Du: Failed province team selection contest two years ago.
Q. CodeChef: What do you think biggest mistake competitive programmers make?
Yinzhan Xu: Put too much time in a single task
Yuhao Du: Carelessness.
Q. CodeChef: What programming language do you use and why?
Yinzhan Xu: C++, it has STL and the speed of programs is relatively faster.
Yuhao Du: C++ & python. Most OI competitors use C++. It’s convenience to use python to write some small tools.
Q. CodeChef: What advice do you have for other competitive programmers?
Yinzhan Xu: Concentration on the tasks is very crucial.
Yuhao Du: Practice makes perfect. In my mind, it’s also important to improve math skill.
Q. CodeChef: What do you like the most about CodeChef? and what would you don’t like in it?
Yinzhan Xu: Like: it has a lot of contests for us to practice and win prize. Dislike: sometimes it’s too slow.
Yuhao Du: Translations. And we can view the code of other competitors after the contest. However, connection is very poor in China.
Q. CodeChef: What factors do you believe help you win?
Yinzhan Xu: i know many algorithms
Yuhao Du: Teammate.
Q. CodeChef: What motivates you to compete?
Yinzhan Xu: Interesting problems.
Yuhao Du: For fun and prize.
Q. CodeChef: Where do you see yourself 5 years down the line?
Yinzhan Xu: I will still study.
Yuhao Du: Maybe still a student.
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