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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Programming competition and a small Java task

Last week we had a programming competition at work which consisted of some small tasks. One of them was to check, if we can make a given string palindrome by adding one letter in any place. Shame on me, I didn’t manage with this task in time. However I got the third place in this competition. 🏆😁

So the task:
Your app should check, if it’s possible to make a palindrome by adding a lowercase English letter to a given string in any position. If it is, the application should return an index which points to where to put a character, otherwise the app should return -1.
The given string contains only lowercase Latin characters.

What is a palindrome? Palindrome is a word or a number, which reads the same backward and forward. For example:

  • Was it a car or a cat I saw?
  • 1234321
  • Step on no pets

See the solution.

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Silent installation MySQL 5.7 on Ubuntu

This week I had to install MySQL 5.7 using a shell script. So maybe it would be helpful for someone else. This script must be run as root.


echo "mysql-apt-config mysql-apt-config/unsupported-platform select	abort" | /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections
echo "mysql-apt-config mysql-apt-config/repo-codename	select trusty" | /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections
echo "mysql-apt-config mysql-apt-config/select-tools select" | /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections
echo "mysql-apt-config mysql-apt-config/repo-distro	select ubuntu" | /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections
echo "mysql-apt-config mysql-apt-config/select-server select mysql-5.7" | /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections
echo "mysql-apt-config mysql-apt-config/select-product select Apply" | /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections

echo "mysql-community-server mysql-community-server/root-pass password $ROOT_PASSWORD" | /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections
echo "mysql-community-server mysql-community-server/re-root-pass password $ROOT_PASSWORD" | /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections
echo "mysql-community-server mysql-community-server/remove-data-dir	boolean	false" | /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections
echo "mysql-community-server mysql-community-server/data-dir note" | /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections

export DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive
dpkg --install mysql-apt-config_0.6.0-1_all.deb
apt-get update
apt-get --yes --force-yes install mysql-server-5.7

If you want to install software automatically, you may be wondering how to know which parameters to set. How to do that?

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