ASCII Art Goes Over Board
We at Grakn Labs are a tech startup.
And being a tech startup means that features constantly get added and taken away from our development branch. Tested, tried, rejected, approved, re-rejected, re-approved, and sometimes forgotten.
We are a very smart and opinionated bunch, so our design discussions tend to be quite… heated.
Sometimes mistakes matter, but a week or so ago Ganesh, the latest developer to join our team, crossed a line he should not have crossed.
He removed the ASCII art from the Graql Shell.
This would not go down well with the rest of the team.
DISCLAIMER: I honestly think it is obvious, but every word you read in this post should not be taken seriously.
After an immediate mutiny and online petition to bring the ASCII art back, this morning a message appeared in our slack channel:
All was good and everybody was happy, but something was amiss.
Something was wrong.
Luckily the CEO decided to step in and take the matter into his own hands.
Our CEO happens to be a bit of a perfectionist, you know. So he decided to make some changes.
Now it was finally perfect.
Or was it.
Nobody could say anything to this, right?
Swearing ensued, but luckily our CEO is not someone to pass on a serious challenge.
Unfortunately, you don’t just step onto another engineer’s work without retaliation.
Ok. The K is fixed.
Who could argue with that beautiful R?
Fine. We had fun. Time to take a decision.
And to put the ASCII art back into the code.
Cheers, applause and scene. The thing is settled.
Hilarity, more swearing and more changes followed, but finally the ASCII art is back.
This time for real.
So how could I top a 40 minutes discussion about the ASCII art? By writing a blog post about it, of course :D
Stay tuned for more wackiness,