Stack and Queue

I will start this post today and will finish it tomorrow. Today I received the 4K monitor that I ordered last week from Dell. The box looks like it is for a regular flat screen TV. My wife and I moved it downstairs. I will open the box over the weekend. Hopefully the new computer will arrive before the end of the weekend.

Tomorrow came and went. My wife had a dentist appointment, we had to stop by my son’s place and finally we stopped at the grocery store. When we got home it was past 06:00 PM. We go to sleep shortly after 07:00 PM so we sat down in the living room and chatted. Continue reading “Stack and Queue”

IsUnique2

It is Wednesday evening and the high for the day was about 72F in Apple Valley, MN. The good thing is that most of the day was sunny and as far as I can tell there was no rain. The Minnesota State Fair is going on but my wife and I seldom attend the event.

I received the Azure Kinect DK arrived this afternoon. The box was delivered by FedEx to our next door neighbor. He was home because some workers were replacing his gutters. When he read the label he stopped by and delivered the package. He mentioned that it was interesting that the delivery person did not check the address which was perfectly readable on the box label. Continue reading “IsUnique2”

BST Search

It is a Saturday in August in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and it is going to be a warm and humid day. My wife is out shopping with a friend and I am in my home office having fun with Binary Search Trees (BSTs).

This past week I was talking with a software engineer about coding interviews. I have mixed thoughts about them. Not sure about their value as far as finding out if a person is able to develop quality software. Allow me to describe the process which seems to be quite spread around the industry.

The candidate is interviewed by multiple technical people. The idea is to present the candidate with a set of one or more programming problems and expect working code written on a whiteboard. Typically the programming language of choice is up to the candidate. Continue reading “BST Search”

Find Damaged – Part II

As I mentioned my previous post, my wife and I went to visit for the first time my son and family after his move from Indiana to Wisconsin. It used to be about 10 hours by car and about two hours by plane. The latter did not include the time from home to the airport, the wait at the airport, picking up luggage in the Indianapolis airport, and driving about an hour to his previous residence. Taking that into account if we fly to Madison, WI it would probably be a wash driving versus flying.

His new place is in a very nice development. The weather was hot and muggy. We walked the dog twice. We have to feed the Fitbit. The guest room is a lot nicer than the one in the previous house. The actual bed was firmer. For some reason or another I was not able to sleep well. Woke up on Sunday morning at 01:37 AM and did not go back to sleep until around 04:30 AM. Continue reading “Find Damaged – Part II”

Find Damaged

Last week I had the opportunity to chat with a principal researcher / architect who works for one of the top 10 in the list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

He was explaining to me how to do a search in a very long string. In this set of two or three blogs I will try to determine how to perform a search of damaged patterns. Continue reading “Find Damaged”

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”

Beautiful Triplets

It seems that today is going to be another nice day in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. For some reason I woke up a few minutes shorter than 04:00 AM. I decided to give a try to the HackerRank challenge that I received via email.

If interested take a look at the requirements on how to determine what makes a triplet beautiful. Continue reading “Beautiful Triplets”

JUnit 4 – Parameterized

The winter storm in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul is over. Currently there is light snow falling but the temperature is above freezing. Hopefully all the snow will melt somewhat slowly in order to avoid flooding.

In this post we will revisit JUnit 4 from the parameterized angle. I have covered other aspects of JUnit in this post. Continue reading “JUnit 4 – Parameterized”

Singleton Threads

My wife and I enjoy cooking and of course eating the food we prepare. Yesterday we decided to making from scratch empanadas. Different cultures around the world have come up with similar implementations. I am not a historian so I am not sure if all foods covered in some type of dough and then baked or deep fried, are derived from a single version or instance (the Computer Science shows up).

In the US we refer to a similar object with the name turnover. My wife’s family comes from Spain. According to this article the name empanada was mentioned in a book published in Catalan as early as 1520. It seems that one should be able to find the best recipes for empanadas in and around Barcelona. Next time we are in that area will make sure to have some empanadas.

My parents came from Italy. As a matter of fact I am first generation not born in Genoa.  In Italy there are similar foods named calzone and Stromboli both of which we had on my parents table quite often while growing up.

While searching the web with Chrome, I found this site which lists some foods related to empanadas. Empanadas enclose some type of food in dough while a food that is quite common in the US, presents the food in an open face version. That is what pizzas are all about. You can read more about pizza here. The modern pizza was created in Napoli, Italy, and yes my wife and I have been to the restaurant that claims to have created the Neapolitan pizza.

So back to yesterday, my wife made about seven pounds of empanada stuffing (beef, onions, eggs, garlic, and many other spices). I made a batch of dough (flour, yeast, olive oil, and a few more ingredients) which was enough to make about 18 empanadas. While we were preparing the food, one of my wife’s nice stopped by. Apparently she was interested in joining us for lunch. While we were chatting, my son calls. One thing and the other and he (plus wife and two sons) requested some empanadas for Sunday. We where forgetting that two of my in-laws and spouses were stopping by around 02:00 PM for lunch.

Panic mode set in. We had plenty of stuffing, but not enough dough. I made a second batch. As the empanadas were taking shape, I made a third batch. Of course the dough did not have enough time to rise, but it had to be done. When all was set and done, we ended with around six dozen empanadas. We were baking them in batches so things were moving along.

Our formal guests arrived so we all had empanadas with lime, beer, and wine. On Friday, my wife had prepared a couple gypsy arms stuffed with “dulce de leche”. We forgot to serve the salad but I had more than enough to eat and drink. We did not have a chance to walk outside yesterday. That said; I checked my fitbit before going to bed. I had about 10,500 steps. I was pleasantly surprised with the final tally.

Today we are going out for Chinese food. We do not wish to cook. Continue reading “Singleton Threads”

Can You Access?

Today is going to be the warmest day of the year so far. Forecasts are calling for a high in the mid to upper 60’s. Hopefully the warmer weather will help the remaining snow melt. I would guess that most people in this part of the country had enough snow for the year.

This morning I took a look at the Can You Access? HackerRank problem. The requirements are quite simple. You need to call a method with a parameter in a class that is two levels deep. Continue reading “Can You Access?”