All green on GitHub

Posted on 2023-10-01 09:14 +0100 in Coding • Tagged with GitHub • 2 min read

In about a week's time I'll have had a GitHub account for 15 years! I can't even remember what motivated me to create one now, but back in October 2008 I grabbed the davep account...

Making my account

...and then made my first repo.

First repo made

My use of the site after that was very sporadic. It looks like I'd add or update something once or twice a year, but I wasn't a heavy user.

First few years

Then around the middle of 2015 I seem to have started using it a lot more.

The next few years

This very much shows that during those years I was working on personal stuff that I was making available in case anyone found it useful, but also leaning heavily on GitHub as a (a, not the) place to keep backups of code I cared about (or even no longer cared about). Quite a lot of that green will likely be me having a few periods of revamping my Emacs configuration.

The really fun part though starts about a year ago:

Working on FOSS full time

It's pretty obvious when I started working at Textualize, and working on a FOSS project full time. This is, without a doubt, the most green my contribution graph has looked. It looks like there's a couple of days this year where I haven't visited my desk at all, and I think this is a good thing (I try really hard to have a life outside of coding when it comes to weekends), but I'm also delighted to see just how busy this year looks.

I really hope this carries on for a while to come.

Apparently, as of the time of writing, I've made 12,588 contributions that are on GitHub. What's really fun is the fact that my first contribution pre-dates my GitHub account by 9 years!

My very first contribution

This one's pretty easy to explain: this is back from when I was involved with Harbour. Back then we were using SourceForge to manage the project (as was the fashion at the time), and at some point in the past whoever is maintaining the project has pulled the full history into GitHub.

My contribution history on GitHub is actually older than my adult son. I suspect it's older than at least one person I work with. :-/ 1

  1. I'm informed that this isn't the case2; apparently I'm either bad at estimating people's ages, or bad at remembering them; or both. 

  2. Although it's not too far off. :-/ 

A new GitHub profile README

Posted on 2023-07-03 08:15 +0100 in Coding • Tagged with GitHub, Python, Textual • 2 min read

My new GitHub banner

Ever since GitHub introduced the profile README1 I've had a massively low-effort one in place. I made the repo, quickly wrote the file, and then sort of forgot about it. Well, I didn't so much forget as just keep looking at it and thinking "I should do something better with that one day".

Thing is, while there are lots of fancy approaches out there, and lots of neat generator tools and the like... they just weren't for me.

Then yesterday, over my second morning coffee, after getting my blog environment up and going again, I had an idea. It could be cool to use Textual's screenshot facility to make something terminal-themed! I mean, while it's not all I am these days, so much of what I'm doing right now is aimed at the terminal.

So... what to do? Then I thought it could be cool to knock up some sort of login screen type thing; with a banner. One visit to an online large terminal text generator site later, I had some banner text. All that was left was to write a simple Textual application to create the "screen".

The main layout is simple enough:

def compose(self) -> ComposeResult:
    yield Label(NAME, classes="banner")
    yield Label(PRATTLE)
    yield Label(" login: [reverse] [/]")

where NAME contains the banner and PRATTLE contains the "login message". With some Textual CSS sprinkled over it to give the exact layout and colour I wanted, all that was left was to make the snapshot. This was easy enough too.

While the whole thing isn't fully documented just yet, Textual does have a great tool for automatically running an application and interacting with it; that meant I could easily write a function to load up my app and save the screenshot:

async def make_banner() -> None:
    async with GitHubBannerApp().run_test() as pilot:"davep.svg")

Of course, that needs running async, but that's simple enough:

if __name__ == "__main__":

Throw in a Makefile so I don't forget what I'm supposed to run:

.PHONY: all
    pipenv run python

and that's it! Job done!

From here onward I guess I could have some real fun with this. It would be simple enough I guess to modify the code so that it changes what's displayed over time; perhaps show a "last login" value that relates to recently activity or something; any number of things; and then run it in a cron job and update the repository.

For now though... I'll stick with keeping things nice and simple.

  1. It was actually kind of annoying when they introduced it because the repo it uses is named after your user name. I already had a davep repo: it was a private repo where I was slowly working on a (now abandoned, I'll start it again some day I'm sure) ground-up rewrite of my website.