About Adam Young

Once upon a time I was an Army Officer, but that was long ago. Now I work as a Software Engineer. I climb rocks, play saxophone, and spend way too much time in front of a computer.

JSON Home Tests and Keystone API changes

If you change the public signature of an API, or add a new API in Keystone, there is a good chance the Tests that confirm JSON home layout will break.  And that test is fairly unfriendly:  It compares a JSON doc with another JSON doc, and spews out the entirety of both JSON docs, without telling you which section breaks.  Here is how I deal with it:

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Showing Code

Jill Jubinski is a well known and respected community leader in OpenStack. When she says something, especially about recruiting, it is worth listening to her, and evaluating what she says. When she tweeted:

While I find the ‘show some code ur proud of’ stance, its like, what if someone doesnt want to code outside of work? That has to be ok too.

my response came off as a contradicting her. It was:

nothing to show would be suspect. If you hate to code, no paycheck would be high enough to make you do it well.

Which goes to show that terseness is a demanding constraint; I did not adequately state what I was trying to state in my attempt to limit it to a single tweet. And of course, that meant it became a discussion back and forth.

Let me try to be a little more nuanced and fair here. What Jill says is spot on: it should be 100% OK for a programmer, and a good one, to not have anything that they are capable of showing prior to an interview. I, myself, would have fallen into that category earlier in my career.

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Minecraft X Y Z

Minecraft uses the Cartesian coordinate system to locate and display blocks. That means that every block location in a Minecraft universe can be described using three values: X, Y, and Z. Even the player’s avatar “Steve” has a position recorded this way. If you type the F3 key, you can see a bunch of text on the screen. Buried in there somewhere are the 3 values for Steve’s position.

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