Superhero coding skills?

It’s 4:45 pm on a Friday before a long weekend, your manager stops by your cubicle and has a last-minute task for the team that needs to be done before everyone leaves for the day. You’ve just been told that the team needs to add another network card to each server, add a new IP address, and test connectivity before the network team makes their changes. Your manager has already submitted the change records and communicated with the other teams about the change.

“With Great Power comes Great Responsibility”

Uncle Ben

Your co-workers are looking at each other, scratching their heads and wondering when and where to start. You have 8624 VMs, and the three of you. Jonathan, your co-worker, mentions “there goes the long weekend”, and Alex begins to divide the work.

The three of you discuss an action plan, but it seems to involve a lot of manual work. Jonathan asks, “There has to be a better way?”. You have an idea, you rush to your desk and begin to type furiously. Alex and Jonathan start the manual process and hope you will engage shortly.

It’s now 4:56 pm and Alex and Jonathan have not started yet; you call them over to your desk, you have just written some code that will perform the change. You ask them to watch as you hit the return key, and away it goes. Looks like you will get a chance to enjoy the long weekend.

Alex and Jonathan remark, “How did you do that? Where did you learn those skills? After confirming all the changes, you smile, it’s now 5:10 pm, and you still have time to catch your train.

Does this sound familiar? Have there been times when you saved the day? Do you have superhero coding skills? If you do, then consider participating in the Nutanix Coding Challenge – Total Recode.

Nutanix Total Recode Challenge

Build a script in your favourite language which solves a real-world problem. You can test your script using the NX or XC product (if you are a customer or partner), or through using our free Community Edition. We are looking for scripts in the following use cases:

We have some super awesome prizes as well

Code will be judged on the following criteria – Real-world applicability (30%), Creativity (25%), Minimal end user interaction (25%), Quality and efficiency of code (10%), Documentation (10%). Do you think you have what it takes?

You can find out more about the challenge here. Total Recode challenge entries are submitted to the Nutanix NEXT community. You can also find step-by-step instructions outlined in the Contest Guidelines.

This challenge is open to our customers, partners, and anyone else who has saved the weekend for their team. Participating in this challenge is an excellent way to learn and share with the broader community. You need to hurry, the contest closes: Aug. 20th, 2015 and the winners announced at the end of August.

Follow Nutanix on Twitter for the latest news and announcements on the challenge. Also, let me know if I can help on Twitter. Happy coding.