Codility And Candiate Testing: Still Sucks

September 15th, 2016

Previously: Codility And Candiate Testing

I recently applied to another position which involved Codility testing. This time around, the questions were some sort of array split, a binary positive to negative number flip, and a knight position move algorithm.

Since my last write-up, Codility has made some good improvements to their UI. The code editor is much better than it was.

The rest of my beef still remains though.

Codility is not a good measure of a programmer, and it’s a great way to filter out good candidates such as myself. (I have 15 years using PHP. Hire me? )

99% of the work I do doesn’t involve anything even close to an algorithm, so the only reason for me to learn them would be to pass screening tests. That doesn’t really seem like something useful, does it?

BMF: A New Project

June 4th, 2016

I have a new project, in a completely new sector to me. The experience so far has been an interesting one, between researching the industry, and working out how and what I want to build.

Today’s challenge is figuring out how I want to write the code. I’m trying to hold a balance between work that won’t be too hard to clean up later, and work that won’t take me a ton of time now. This of course meant I had to decide between static classes, dependency injection, and some sort of factory. So far, static classes wins out, because it’s not a ton of work to do.

I’m sure I’m going to regret this decision later on.

Read a CSV file into columns

May 6th, 2016

This command will read a CSV file, and display it as columns. This also works on Windows if you have Cygwin installed.

column -t -s"," test.csv

Example CSV columns

OpenVPN Linux DNS Issues Solved

October 20th, 2015

I can now resolve things on my Raspberry Pi (Raspbian) thanks to a helpful post here: http://www.softwarepassion.com/solving-dns-problems-with-openvpn-on-ubuntu-box/

MySQL Dump And Restore Database Table With Compression

August 30th, 2014

mysqldump --no-create-info -uxxxx -pxxxx Database ATable | gzip -9 > xxxx.sql.gz

zcat xxxx.sql.gz | mysql -uxxxx -pxxxx Database

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