As anyone doing any serious work with Java will be able to tell you, Maven, the software project management tool is not perfect. It is, however, extremely useful and seriously powerful. In a nutshell, it is a tool that lets you easily use 3rd-party libraries in your project while simplifying the build cycle with easily configured plugins that do things like execute unit tests, write metadata for, and package dependencies into one single, final (runnable JAR/WAR) artifact.
Up until a few weeks ago, I had been running this Wordpress multisite instance within the free tier of Google Cloud Platform, all while also serving play.kilumanga.com, using a virtual host configuration.
My single page application at play.kilumanga.com got a new addition last weekend. Like previous features, it’s not too complicated. Just about what one might expect from a night/weekend hobby project at a three-way tug-of-war for attention with a baby and household chores.
I have a passion for problem solving that almost parallels my desire to engineer software to solve those problems for me. Thus, today, I would like to talk about my efforts of learning how to solve a Rubik’s cube and engineering software to solve it for me.