Q. CodeChef: When did you start coding and how did you learn?
Akashdeep Nain: Feb 2011.
Nishant Redkar: I started coding many years back when I was in 7th grade. I wanted to solve some math problems which needed some computation. That triggered the interest and I started learning on my own.
Q. CodeChef: Could you name and share your first programming contest experience?
Akashdeep Nain: Some contest on spoj. I was able to solve 1 question.
Nishant Redkar: My first competitive programming contest was with Topcoder. It was 12 years back and I cannot recollect the experience well.
Q. CodeChef: How often do you code on any given day & weekend?
Akashdeep Nain: Hard to find time along with job, so generally i code for around 3-4 hours in weekend.
Nishant Redkar: I solve coding problems all the time.
Q. CodeChef: What was the biggest hurdle on your road to where you are today?
Akashdeep Nain: Lack of good coaching and guidance.
Nishant Redkar: I dont see any blockers. Small hurdles only add to the motivation to go ahead.
Q. CodeChef: What do you think biggest mistake competitive programmers make?
Akashdeep Nain: They keep on solving the problems they are good at and hardly try to improve on tough problems.
Nishant Redkar: Most competitive programmers avoid working on big development projects. Algorithmic competitive programming is their primary focus. They miss out on the amazing experience of developing on smart ideas.
Q. CodeChef: What programming language do you use and why?
Akashdeep Nain: C++, Almost every cp problem can be solved in cpp
Nishant Redkar: I dont have any preference. For competitive programming I prefer C++.
Q. CodeChef: What advice do you have for other competitive programmers?
Akashdeep Nain: Try to prove every solution you write.
Nishant Redkar: Keep coding!
Q. CodeChef: What do you like the most about CodeChef? And what would you don’t like in it?
Akashdeep Nain: I like long contests the most.
Nishant Redkar: The problem quality is great, topped with an easy to use interface. I haven’t participated in many CodeChef contests to comment on the cons.
Q. CodeChef: What factors do you believe help you win?
Akashdeep Nain: Self motivation.
Nishant Redkar: The passion to solve Algorithmic problems.
Q. CodeChef: What motivates you to compete?
Akashdeep Nain: When you starts enjoying, you don’t need any motivation.
Nishant Redkar: Solving tough Algo problems is enough of a motivation for me.
Q. CodeChef: Where do you see yourself 5 years down the line?
Akashdeep Nain: One of best developers of the org where i work.
Nishant Redkar: I am not sure.
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Team Q. CodeChef