The Bomberman Game

Today is not a nice day in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. It rained all night long and will continue to do so until late evening. Currently the temperature at 44 F and will continue to drop a few degrees. It is a perfect day to make and bake pizza.

After breakfast I made the dough from scratch. It is important to have quality high gluten flower and yeast. The dough is now sitting in a bowl in the kitchen covered with a towel letting it rise.  Apparently we are missing red onions and green peppers. My wife and I will stop by Hy-Vee around noon to get the missing ingredients. We are making thick pepperoni pizzas. Continue reading “The Bomberman Game”

Absolute Permutation

UPDATE:  The technical issue that prevented me from posting a solution was promptly resolved by HackerRank. I received a message indicating all was well to proceed.

It is Sunday and a sunny day in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. I tried solving the Absolute Permutation challenge from Hacker Rank but ran into an issue. Will comment on it and show my solution which at this time has not been accepted.

Today is Mothers Day. If you are a mom hope you enjoy the day with your family. My wife and I have two sons. One lives in Indiana, and the other in Minnesota. The one in Minnesota stopped by yesterday afternoon with flowers and his two kids. Earlier this morning our son and wife called to wish my wife a nice day. Continue reading “Absolute Permutation”

Flatland Space Stations

Please do not be shocked by the introductory sentences. I was born into an Italian family. My parents moved from Italy to Peru in the 1930’s. Growing up in Peru we were introduced to have wine with weekend meals. In particular wine was only served for lunch. My sisters and I started drinking lemonade with wine. After a few years we moved to have a desert that is made of fresh strawberries with sugar and wine. You just mix the ingredients and let them sit for a couple hours in the fridge. If you try it this summer, make sure it is served chilled. As we got older we had weekend lunch with a couple bottles of wine. None of us ever had issues with alcohol. Different cultures have different approaches to solve the same issue. We just need to make sure that what we do works to solve the problem. If it does not, learn and put practice different approaches. This philosophy can and should be applied to life and software development. Continue reading “Flatland Space Stations”

Family Names

Yesterday my wife had an appointment at the hair salon. The gal that cut her hair commented that there were more people than usual complaining of seasonal allergies; some of them have never before experienced symptoms. My wife and I have some light allergies every season. Some days this year we have experienced strong symptoms. Hopefully things will get better soon.

Last evening in the local news, it was mentioned that due to the amount of water due to rain and melted snow, farmers are a couple weeks behind planting their crops. Having grains and vegetables is more important than experiencing allergy symptoms. Hopefully all will turn out well as the season progresses. The forecast for today calls for strong rain starting around mid morning and ending early tomorrow. Most of the rivers in this area are at or above normal flood levels. Hope the forecast falls short in moisture.

This week I had the opportunity to talk with a fellow software developer. We briefly discussed the approach of traversing a data structure using loops and recursion. It seems that if the number of objects is relatively small, recursion is elegant approach. That said, for large number of objects, recursion may fail due to execution stack limitations. Continue reading “Family Names”

AWS Platform

It seems like every single plant, tree, or bush is budding and flowering in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The results are a large concentration of pollen which does not go well with people like my wife and me that have allergies. Not sure if it was the huge amount of snow we received last winter or … (fill in as you wish), but the weather is changing. Seems like some days our temperature is below average, but when you compare the highs and lows for the year with others, there seems to be a slight trend upwards. That might be the reason why plants are blooming and therefore making it hard for allergy sufferers. Continue reading “AWS Platform”

MongoDB for RESTful Service

In the past few days the temperature in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul has been lower than average. The days have been cloudy and rainy. Today the sun might peak in the afternoon and the temperature will hopefully reach 55 F. On the positive side the forecast for Saturday is sunny and temperatures in the low 70s. Hopefully will be able to grill and spend a few hours outside walking.

In this post I will cover interacting with MongoDB using Node.js via the Mongoose module. I will not say much about Installing MongoDB on Windows or Using the MongoDB Shell due to the fact that I have covered such topics on previous posts. I am using the Windows 10 OS due to the fact that several tools I use to generate the post are installed in this Windows machine. You can follow just as well if you decide to use Linux. The installation instructions provided by MongoDB are well written and are easy to follow. Continue reading “MongoDB for RESTful Service”