An algorithm to make the perfect coffee

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The warm aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air, and as I take my first sip, I can't help but feel a sense of calm wash over me. The world outside is still and quiet, as if it's holding its breath, waiting for the hustle and bustle of the week to begin. You take a moment to reflect on the past week and set intentions for the weekend ahead while enjoying your coffee. It's a small yet meaningful ritual that sets the tone for the rest of your day. It's Friday after all.

A fellow developer had recently commented, "Why do I need to know about maps and sets? Flows will do most of the job for us..."

Why must we study programming fundamentals when we have a very powerful platform like salesforce focused on less or no code? And that is where the sip of beautiful coffee mingled on the tongue, and an answer came to the fore. We get so many good coffee machines in the market, then why do we need to learn how to make filter coffee?

We get amazing pod machines, professional coffee machines and even traditional press machines, so why do we still need to understand the basics of making coffee?

Just like how you need a proper structure to make a good cup of coffee, developers need to use proper data structures to manage and organize data in Salesforce effectively. In other words, Salesforce platform, flows are like the tools and equipment that help you make a perfect cup of coffee. You will get a tool to effectively replace one part of the coffee making process, but that should only aid your journey in making coffee.

And tools will break-down or wear out, what will remain is your knowledge. And that is why we keep the bare-bones as is. And that is why, even if Salesforce provides us with a nice shiny tool to build our processes, to model data, knowing the data structures is as much essential as knowing the tool itself.

Knowing that an array starts from zero is as much essential as knowing you can call a flow from another flow. If the goal is to make the system as efficient as we can, we have to use all the tools we have. And sometimes, we only get boiling water for our coffee.

And since I did write about the algorithm for making the perfect coffee, here it follows.

  1. Boil water in a kettle or on a stove.
  2. Grind coffee beans.
  3. Put a coffee filter or cheesecloth into a funnel or strainer and set it over your coffee mug or carafe.
  4. Put the ground coffee into the filter.
  5. Slowly pour the hot water over the coffee grounds in the filter.
  6. Let the coffee steep for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Remove the filter or cheesecloth from the funnel or strainer, and discard the used grounds.
  8. Give your coffee a quick stir, add any desired milk or sweetener, and enjoy!

This is a bare-bone of making a coffee.

Happy Friday.



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