On The Theory of Possibility


If you are a member of an open source community and have been developing, designing and maintaining open source code for some time, it is very likely that from time to time you may encounter requests, comments and questions such as this:

We are starting with our deployment of [insert-name]. One of our major requirements is that once the user logs into the application, a request via our own very special protocol is submitted to his/her automobile to schedule a job with the vehicle’s IOT system to start up the A/C in 8 hours. When the user finishes work in a typical 8-hour work day, he/she can very comfortably get back into the car that is prepped with an exact and very personalized degree of temperature for all seasons. We’d also like the timespan to be configurable. Oh, we also use Active Directory.

So far, very cool. Exciting, rather. I wonder if we could also automatically submit an order to Pizza Hut to deliver a large Hawaiian pizza to the user’s residence. That would be sweet.

The post follows:

Is it possible?

If not, are there plans to support this?

I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I posit that there is virtually nothing in life that is impossible. My half serious reaction, in my head, usually is something along the lines of the following:

Dear [insert-name],

All things are possible in open source.

4000 hours.

Regards,

Some things, however, are improbable [1].

Misagh Moayyed

[1]There is no such thing as a ‘plan’. Just a pending pull request.

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