Ruskie Java coder lifts inaugural Facebook Hacker Cup
The sliding glass doors at the entrance of Facebook headquarters don't say Facebook. They say HACK – in big, bold, black letters, two on each door. The company goes out of its way to cultivate an extreme developer culture built around the non-pejorative definition of the word. "There's this whole definition that engineers have for themselves," Mark Zuckerberg recently told an incredulous middle-aged American newswoman. "It's very much a compliment when you call someone a hacker. To hack something means to build something very quickly. In one night, you can sit down and you can churn out a lot of code, and at the end, you have a product."