How Often Have You Saved the Day with Your Coding Skills?

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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 make their changes. Your manager has already submitted the change records and communicated with the other teams about the change.

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.

Build a script in your favorite 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:

  • Provisioning/orchestration
  • Reporting
  • Data protection
  • Disaster recovery and runbook automation

We have some super awesome prizes as well

  • Best Overall – DJ1 Inspire 1 Drone (Valued up to $4000) or $4000 cash prize
  • Most Impactful – Home Lab ($2,500 value) or $2,500 cash prize
  • Most Creative – $2000 cash prize

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?

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. Happy coding.