CodeChef SnackDown 2015 Team Profile – Team ench_mango

1 min read

Team Name: ench_mango
Team Members: Kelvin & Pi-Hsun Shih
Institution/Organization: National Taiwan University
SnackDown 2015 Rank: ROW 06

Q. CodeChef: When did you start coding and how did you learn?

Kelvin: High school mostly, joined a informatic club and otherwise self-taught for the most part.

Pi-Hsun Shih: When I was 10 years old. I learned VB by reading a book.

Q. CodeChef: Could you name and share your first programming contest experience?

Kelvin: Probably some internal contest when I was in the informatics club hosted by some random guy (who is known as tmt514 today)!. I came in the contest oddly confident considering it’s my first time, probably due to I solved ~200 easy problems on UVa judge and thought I am ready to earn turing award. Not surprisingly I was crushed in terms of the number of problems I solved — only around half of them. But still I’m really happy, that’s when I became even surer that the thrill of competitive programming will never part with me.

Pi-Hsun Shih: My first programming contest experience was some contest in senior high school.

Q. CodeChef: How often do you code on any given day & weekend?

Kelvin: 6+ hours on average?

Pi-Hsun Shih: Depends on whether there’s programming contest or not 😀

Q. CodeChef: What was the biggest hurdle on your road to where you are today?

Kelvin: Don’t feel anything on the road is a hurdle. It’s either pain or fun or neither, but whichever it is it’s what the road is made of.

Pi-Hsun Shih: .

Q. CodeChef: What do you think biggest mistake competitive programmers make?

Kelvin: Other than integer overflow, reading the problem statement wrong, wrongly allocating array size, forgetting to return, and typing i instead of j? It must be ignoring girlfriend for 24 hours because we had to participate in some day-long contest, then :D.

Pi-Hsun Shih: Getting nervous and write a hard solution for an easy problem.

Q. CodeChef: What programming language do you use and why?

Kelvin: C++ in competitive programming for it’s efficiency and I don’t like java much.

Pi-Hsun Shih: For programming contest: C++. Just used to it. For other: Ruby!

Q. CodeChef: What advice do you have for other competitive programmers?

Kelvin: Use 50216 or 514 as your random seed. Brings good luck.

Pi-Hsun Shih: .

Q. CodeChef: What do you like the most about CodeChef? and what would you don’t like in it?

Kelvin: I don’t really compete on CodeChef much, still. There are many languages one can choose, which is nice; On the other hand based on my limited experience competing on CodeChef, the browsing interface is a bit awkward..

Pi-Hsun Shih: Haven’t used CodeChef much, so nothing to say.

Q. CodeChef: What factors do you believe help you win?

Kelvin: Hardwork and peter50216.

Pi-Hsun Shih: Practice and good teammate 😀

Q. CodeChef: What motivates you to compete?

Kelvin: Excellence? That too old? Seriously though thrill, joy, and nothing else.

Pi-Hsun Shih: Because it’s fun.

Q. CodeChef: Where do you see yourself 5 years down the line?

Kelvin: A happy place? (Not the happy place Momma used to speak of when we’re little)

Pi-Hsun Shih: No idea.

That, ladies & gentlemen is Team ench_mango to you. We thoroughly enjoyed their responses and hope you did too.

We will be back soon, so keep watching this space.

Regards,
Rudreshwar,
Team CodeChef

Connecting talent to opportunity through the CodeChef Certification

When professor Dr. Jayakrishnan needed an intern to join the NPTEL Data analytics team, he struggled to find the right candidate – one with...
teenage_witch
1 min read

In conversation with Taranpreet Singh – an accounting student…

Our leaderboards include coders from all kinds of backgrounds… even accounting! CodeChef talked to Taranpreet Singh, a coder and former CA student who traded...
teenage_witch
3 min read

Five Problems A Day, Kept The Worries At Bay…

At CodeChef, we constantly stay in touch with CCDSAP holders to make the experience better for you and to fine-tune the certification. We spoke...
teenage_witch
1 min read

Leave a Reply